The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 29, 2022

By Thomas Duffy / September 29, 2022 at 11:39 AM

This Thursday INSIDER starts off with some contracting news from the National Reconnaissance Office, some space management news, and two budget stories from the Navy.

The NRO is reaching out to the commercial sector for some study and analysis:

NRO awards six commercial RF study contracts

The National Reconnaissance Office today awarded six commercial vendors study contracts for space-based radio frequency remote sensing, according to an agency press release.

Unless countries around the world work together, managing space will be difficult:

Thompson: Lack of international agreements will make space 'difficult' to manage

International agreements will be needed to control the burgeoning number of objects in orbit, a top Space Force official said today, warning that the continued growth of satellites without certain guardrails will harm future space operations.

The Navy’s newest aircraft carrier is running up its price tag:

Revised Ford-class program price tag wipes out at least half of expected block-buy savings

The projected price tag for the Navy's next-generation aircraft carrier effort increased by more than $2 billion over the last two years, wiping out half of the savings the Ford-class program hoped to harvest though bundling the acquisition of a third-and-fourth warship.

A Navy unmanned program gets a bad report card from government auditors:

Audit finds Navy's large robotic sub program years behind schedule, over budget

A government watchdog's analysis has found that the Navy's Extra Large Unmanned Undersea Vehicle program is at least three years behind schedule and hundreds of millions of dollars over budget.