The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 26, 2022

By John Liang / September 26, 2022 at 1:55 PM

This Monday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on the Pentagon's latest Selected Acquisition Reports, a new Defense Science Board "tabletop exercise" and more.

The Pentagon's most recent Selected Acquisition Reports are out, about five months after they were required by law. We have a story on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program, and be on the lookout in the coming days for more coverage:

Revised F-35 price tag now $416 billion; O&S cost estimate worsens from $1.1T to $1.2T

The estimated price tag for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program pierced the $400 billion mark in a new report to Congress, an upward revision that accounts for related funding previously not tallied in the acquisition cost and a reminder of how far the project has strayed from the original 2002 promise to deliver the stealth fleet for $199 billion.

Document: DOD's FY-23 SARs

A new Defense Science Board effort is underway:

Shyu commissions new 'tabletop exercise' focused on Asia-Pacific region

The Pentagon's chief technology officer has directed an influential science advisory board to conduct a "tabletop exercise" focused on strategic, operational and budgetary recommendations to bolster the U.S. military in the Asia-Pacific region.

Document: DSB terms of reference memo for Asia-Pacific 'tabletop exercise'

The Army has awarded Oshkosh Defense a multimillion-dollar contract to provide the enhanced Heavy Equipment Transporter System trailer through 2027:

Oshkosh wins contract to provide upgraded tank trailers

Oshkosh Defense won a $260 million contract to provide the Army with an enhanced heavy transport trailer capable of hauling Abrams tanks, which have grown increasingly heavy in recent years as they have been upgraded.

We also have the latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Defense groups seek flexibility, mappings to other NIST publications in CUI series update

Two large defense groups are urging NIST to consider how to align its four-part publication series on controlled unclassified information to other frameworks, while also suggesting potential changes related to the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program.

Solarium leaders: Changes are expected to 'systemically important entities' bill following industry pushback

Lawmakers are preparing to make changes to the "systemically important entities" proposal in the House version of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill when it comes to the Senate floor for a vote next month, according to Cyberspace Solarium Commission leaders who responded to significant industry criticism at a recent event.