The INSIDER daily digest -- Sept. 30, 2022

By Thomas Duffy / September 30, 2022 at 12:12 PM

This Friday INSIDER has news on the Navy’s newest aircraft carrier heading out to sea, a new AI contract, the Air Force gets a price tag on its newest nuclear weapon, the Navy looks to bolster its budget information to Congress, and more.

The Navy explained how its newest carrier would operate during its first time at sea:

Navy announces ‘service-retained’ deployment for first-in class Ford aircraft carrier

The Navy’s first-in class aircraft carrier, the Gerald R. Ford, will embark on a “service-retained” deployment with U.S. 2nd Fleet this fall.

The Army handed out a new contract for work in artificial intelligence:

Palantir wins contract for expanded artificial intelligence work for Defense Department

Palantir will expand its work with the Army Research Laboratory to bring artificial intelligence into the hands of warfighters across the Defense Department under a new contract announced Wednesday evening.

It’s going to cost a lot of money to field and operate the Air Force’s newest nuclear missile:

Pentagon sets $188.8B Ground Based Strategic Deterrent life-cycle acquisition tab

The Pentagon has set a formal cost estimate for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program of $188.8 billion, a tally that includes $95.8 billion to develop and procure a next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile fleet and $93 billion to operate and sustain the fleet across five decades.

The Navy looks to using analytics in its supporting budget material sent to Congress:

Navy eyes data efforts to bolster budget decisions

The Navy is working to use data analytics and force planning tools in the hopes it can assist with future budget decisions and address recent congressional criticisms that the service has not been transparent enough with its shipbuilding plans.

A top Army official explained how the service will spend some of its money next year:

Army to invest in network, artificial intelligence, more in FY-23

The Army will send industry a strong demand signal for science and technology investments in high-tech capabilities in fiscal year 2023 and is asking industry to determine how its innovations can help the Army fulfill priorities in those areas, one of the service's top acquisition officials said Wednesday.