The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 19, 2023

By John Liang / September 19, 2023 at 2:18 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on cruise missile defense, a Navy hypersonic missile program and more.

A Missile Defense Agency-led cruise missile defense project is a nearly two-year effort in response to a U.S. Northern Command requirement for an improved homeland defense capability to counter advanced air-breathing missiles:

DOD completes 'successful' demo of data exchange key for domestic cruise missile defense

The Defense Department earlier this month completed a joint tactical integrated fire control demonstration that culminated with simulated missile attack and response in skies over the Washington, DC area that will now inform an ongoing Air Force effort to design a program of record for a domestic cruise missile defense capability.

An upcoming technical review is the first of five such assessments scheduled over the next four years to monitor and validate the Hypersonic Air-Launched Offensive Anti-Surface (HALO) program -- a carrier-based surface strike weapon the Navy plans to field before the end of the decade:

Navy to conduct first HALO technical review this month ahead of FY-24 RFP

The Navy will conduct the initial technical review of a developing hypersonic weapon system before the end of September, ahead of an official request for proposals expected in the first half of fiscal year 2024, a Navy spokesperson confirmed to Inside Defense.

The chances a Republican-backed continuing resolution makes its way successfully through the Senate are slim to none:

Congress poised for funding fight this week following GOP's opening bid to avert shutdown

The House Rules Committee has voted to advance a stopgap continuing resolution backed by some GOP conservatives that stands little likelihood of passing the Democrat-led Senate as it contains politically controversial and divisive provisions and doesn't include funding for disaster relief or Ukraine.

The Navy is pulling every lever in its authority to grow active-duty enlistments, Adm. Lisa Franchetti said at her recent confirmation hearing to be the next chief of naval operations:

Franchetti: The Navy is in a 'war for talent'

With the Navy projecting it will fall short of fiscal year 2023 recruitment goals, acting Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Lisa Franchetti told lawmakers last week the sea service is fighting "a war for talent."

Last but by no means least, the latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

OMB kicks off meetings with industry stakeholders ahead of CMMC proposed rule release

The White House Office of Management and Budget's Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs is meeting with stakeholders in the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, as the interagency process gets underway to review a proposed rule that will implement major changes to the Defense Department initiative.