The INSIDER daily digest -- April 12, 2022

By John Liang / April 12, 2022 at 2:06 PM

This Tuesday INSIDER Daily Digest has coverage of inflation's impact on the defense budget, the Army's new armored penetration divisions and more.

The Pentagon's No. 2 civilian spoke to reporters this morning about inflation's impact on the defense budget:

Hicks: DOD eying inflation for long-term contract impacts

Deputy Defense Secretary Kathleen Hicks, who recently met with dozens of defense business executives, said today the Pentagon is discussing the ongoing impact of historic inflation with both large and small defense contractors, but noted there has not yet been a substantial uptick in requests for equitable adjustments to contract prices.

The Army has designated the 1st Armored and 1st Cavalry as penetration divisions, with three armored brigades, in the last year as it equips for large-scale combat operations:

Army will realign ABCTs to create National Guard penetration division

Armored brigades will be administratively realigned to turn the 34th Infantry Division into the National Guard's armored penetration division, but those brigades will not move from their current bases, according to Brig. Gen. Charles Kemper, the division's commander.

The Air Force's Navigation Technology Satellite-3 is set to launch at the end of 2023 and test dozens of capabilities for positioning, navigation and timing:

AFRL experimental technology could be used on GPS III follow-on satellites

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Capabilities stemming from the Air Force Research Laboratory's experimental satellite could be used on future GPS III follow-on satellites if the effort proves successful, according to the program executive officer.

A recent Government Accountability Office report finds that "while the Navy's shipbuilding plan outlines spending more than $4 billion on uncrewed systems over the next five years, its plan does not account for the full costs to develop and operate these systems":

GAO: Navy needs full cost estimate for unmanned maritime systems

The Navy has not developed a full cost estimate for its unmanned maritime systems and "does not know" how its unmanned efforts fit into future ship planning, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Document: GAO report on Navy uncrewed maritime systems

We close with a deep dive into the money the Army plans to spend on network modernization:

Army budget request good for network mod plans, but more money will be necessary in the future

The Army's fiscal year 2023 budget request provides enough money to support its network goals, but the service will need to increase research, development, test and evaluation funds for network modernization programs in the coming years if it intends to stay on track, an Army spokeswoman said.