The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 27, 2022

By John Liang / September 27, 2022 at 1:07 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has news on U.S. industrial base cooperation with foreign allies, an Army missile defense program that's over budget, the Pentagon's work on the Rapid Defense Experimentation Reserve and more.

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante this morning offered a preview of his upcoming talks with European military acquisition counterparts:

LaPlante pushes 'friend-shoring' ahead of key global armaments conference

Pentagon acquisition chief Bill LaPlante, who this week will chair a meeting in Brussels between dozens of national armaments directors, said today the United States must more closely align its defense industrial capabilities with those of foreign allies to not only respond to the "acute threat" stemming from the Russian invasion of Ukraine, but also to prepare "for the next Ukraine" in the future.

We continue our coverage of the Pentagon's latest Selected Acquisition Reports, this one on an Army missile defense program:

Army pours another $2 billion into IBCS; development cost 215% above original estimate

The Army committed an additional $1.6 billion in research and development funding to rectify the Integrated Air and Missile Defense program -- including the IAMD Battle Command Systems (IBCS) -- raising total start-up funding for the project to $5.1 billion, more than three times the original 2009 promise of $1.6 billion.

Document: DOD's FY-23 SARs

Inside Defense recently interviewed Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Heidi Shyu:

Where critics see overlap, Shyu draws line between RDER, service-led demos

The Pentagon's chief technology officer says a fledgling experimentation initiative billed as a way to fill critical capability gaps across the joint force is unlike existing service-led demonstrations in large part because officials are approaching the problem set with different goals in mind.

The latest cyber defense news from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

Tech group urges NIST to prioritize reciprocity, tailoring in update to CUI series

The Information Technology Industry Council is offering ways the National Institute of Standards and Technology can work with other agencies to smooth the path toward reciprocity on the handling of sensitive federal data held on contractor systems, as NIST starts the update process to revise key publications.

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.