The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 28, 2022

By John Liang / September 28, 2022 at 1:53 PM

This Wednesday INSIDER has news on the Navy's DDG-1000 destroyer, the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program, Air Force innovation and more.

The Navy's costliest destroyer is operating in the Pacific Ocean:

Navy test-driving Zumwalt in Pacific as part of fleet integration process

The Navy is integrating its most advanced warship with U.S. Pacific Fleet, introducing the troubled ship class into an operational environment.

The latest on the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program from our colleagues at Inside Cybersecurity:

CMMC accreditation body spins off assessor training work into separate business unit

The accreditation body behind the Pentagon's Cybersecurity Maturity Model Certification program has formally started to spin off its work to certify assessors and build training with licensed providers into an independent business unit, as required by the organization’s no-cost contract signed in 2020 with the Defense Department.

Lockheed Martin and Verizon have recently flown four drones through a simulated mission to record and share intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance information to geolocate targets:

Lockheed, Verizon pitch 5G-enabled 'all-domain' capabilities to DOD

Lockheed Martin and Verizon executives are working to develop and demonstrate 5G-enabled capabilities that they say would give the Defense Department a better sense of the battlespace while improving threat detection.

Speaking during a virtual Defense One State of the Air Force summit, Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown noted that during much of the Cold War, the service tended to produce a new fighter aircraft every two and a half years:

Brown: Air Force 'not as innovative' as it used to be

The Air Force's slowed cadence of delivering new fighter aircraft is "concerning," the service's top uniformed official said Tuesday, emphasizing that quicker innovations are needed to maintain an edge over adversaries.

The Air Force's Next Generation Operational Control System program was delayed due to the pandemic and technical challenges as well as the replacement of key hardware prompted by the acquisition of an IBM product line by Chinese-owned company Lenovo:

Space Force sees another schedule slip for OCX delivery, risking GPS IIIF delay

Delivery of the Space Force's troubled Next Generation Operational Control System has been pushed from next month to December, according to a statement from the service's acquisition office, potentially shaving off the program's remaining schedule margin as officials work to meet an April 2023 deadline for initial operational capability.