The INSIDER daily digest -- June 28, 2022

By Thomas Duffy / June 28, 2022 at 1:26 PM

We start today’s INSIDER Daily Digest with news about a Navy unmanned aircraft program, we then have news on Defense Department artificial intelligence plans, another Navy UAV program, missile defense news, space news, and some intelligence sharing news.

One of the Navy’s major UAV efforts is showing stability:

Triton’s IFC-4 configuration baseline now stable

The technical baseline for the MQ-4C Triton’s upgraded hardware and software configuration -- IFC-4 -- is now stable, a program official told Inside Defense.

A House committee has ideas on artificial intelligence:

House authorizers want wider AI adoption at DOD

The House Armed Services Committee wants to see the military step up its efforts to more widely leverage artificial intelligence and autonomy capabilities, including adding the technology to legacy systems, according to an amendment to the panel’s recently approved fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill.

A Navy UAV is seeing its schedule adjusted:

MQ-25 operational capability pushed to September 2025 due to supplier issues

The Navy’s unmanned MQ-25 Stingray will reach initial operating capability in September 2025, approximately six months later than planned, a program official said.

The Missile Defense Agency has made a significant program decision:

MDA selects Raytheon, Northrop to advance in GPI design contest; Lockheed sidelined

The Pentagon has narrowed the competition for development of a Glide Phase Interceptor, selecting Raytheon Technologies and Northrop Grumman to continue refining concepts for a counter-hypersonic missile in a move that sidelines Lockheed Martin from the contest and sets up high-level review of the two remaining designs in early 2023.

The Space Force may learn some acquisition lessons from the National Reconnaissance Office:

New Space acquisition chief seeks to bring NRO discipline to role

The first chief of acquisitions for the Space Force is leaning into his previous experience as a top official at the National Reconnaissance Office to accelerate procurement of space systems.

The U.S. Navy and French navy are cooperating with each other:

U.S. sharing information on unmanned systems with French Navy

The United States and France -- the world’s largest maritime domain nations -- are sharing information on unmanned systems and working on interoperability, according to two top military officials.