The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 22, 2021

By John Liang / September 22, 2021 at 2:14 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the House version of the fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill, the latest from the AFA conference and more.

We start off with the Biden administration's views on House lawmakers' fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill:

White House opposes House defense bill measures that pump funding into older programs

The White House supports the House’s overall fiscal year 2022 defense authorization bill but opposes specific provisions that would add funding to Pentagon programs and weapon systems that “cannot be affordably modernized,” according to the Office of Management and Budget.

Document: Statement of administration policy on House authorizers' FY-22 defense policy bill

. . . Followed by the latest from the Air Force Association's annual conference:

Following tech refresh issues, Raytheon looks to begin delivering upgraded AMRAAM missiles in 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Raytheon is aiming to start delivering a set of upgraded Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles to the Air Force in January 2023, after officials faced technology refresh issues tied to an obsolescence upgrade.

CAPE review of digital Century Series strategy projects higher cost than Air Force BCA

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- A new assessment of the Air Force’s digital Century Series acquisition strategy from the Pentagon’s cost assessment and program evaluation office drew different conclusions than the service’s separate business case analysis, particularly in the area of cost.

SECAF eyes ABMS capability release contracts as part of broader program review

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- As part of his review of the Air Force’s Advanced Battle Management System, service Secretary Frank Kendall is diving into the contract vehicles tied to the effort’s first capability release, leaving the program’s cross-functional team lead unsure of whether “all three [are] going to survive as we designed them.”

(For complete coverage of the AFA conference, click here.)

Last but by no means least, we have news on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

NDIA white paper calls on Pentagon to develop CMMC-compliant cloud environments, targeted guidance for industry

The National Defense Industrial Association has released a white paper urging the Pentagon to provide more clarity on the requirements contractors must meet to reach compliance with DOD’s cyber certification program, and to make other changes to help companies meet the program’s objectives.