Briana Reilly

Briana Reilly is an Air Force reporter. Before joining Inside Defense in June 2021, she spent five years covering state politics and government in Wisconsin for The Capital Times and


Archived Articles
Daily News | July 30, 2021

The Air Force has kick-started a new data and artificial intelligence initiative and is working to develop a new minimum viable product as officials look to support a department-wide AI effort, according to the service's chief architect.

The Insider | July 30, 2021

After failing to launch from a B-52H bomber during its first flight test, the Air Force's Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon successfully completed its full release sequence but stopped short of igniting its rocket motor as part of a demonstration Wednesday.

The Insider | July 29, 2021

Coming off a quarter that logged a 34% jump in space sales, driven in large part by Northrop Grumman's role in the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program, company officials anticipate that growth will "modulate" heading into 2022.

The Insider | July 29, 2021

The first-built XQ-58A Valkyrie is heading to the Air Force Museum after officials opted to retire the drone and clear the way for new production aircraft that a Kratos spokeswoman said would "be better suited for future representative flight testing and operations."

Daily News | July 28, 2021

Lawmakers on the House Armed Services intelligence and special operations subcommittee are calling on the comptroller general to review U.S. Special Operations Command's armed overwatch program as part of their fiscal year 2022 defense policy proposal.

Daily News | July 28, 2021

Citing concerns about data sharing between intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft and tactical platforms, the House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee is asking the Air Force to take steps to boost interoperability between the RC-135 and key weapon systems in its fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill draft.

Daily News | July 27, 2021

In the year after the Air Force unveiled its Arctic strategy, high-ranking service officials say they've worked to leverage ties with allies and partners and used wargaming to get a better grasp on the strategic threats facing the region, leading to "a major shift" in those exercises.

Daily News | July 27, 2021

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee wants more information on the infrastructure needed to test the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, Long-Range Standoff weapon and others across the Defense Department as part of the panel's fiscal year 2022 mark of the defense policy bill.

Daily News | July 27, 2021

Lawmakers on the House Armed Services cyber subcommittee are calling on the Air Force to undertake its own effort to review the service's technology systems and identify those that could be sunset.

Daily News | July 23, 2021

The Air Force's communications gateway prototype is expected to next fly in early fiscal year 2022 after the product experienced a schedule slip that pushed back a planned demonstration slated for earlier this summer, according to a service spokesman.

Daily News | July 22, 2021

A recent projection showing the Air Force's new nuclear cruise missile will cost $29 billion wasn't the main driver in officials' $609 million budget ask for the program next fiscal year, according to a service spokeswoman.

The Insider | July 21, 2021

​The Air Force Research Laboratory is considering employing a Systems Design Agent to facilitate development of its recently launched air-breathing hypersonics program, called "Mayhem," according to a recent notice.

Daily News | July 19, 2021

A federal judge has barred the Air Force from moving forward with awarding Sikorsky a $980 million sole-source contract for rolling upgrades to the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter, arguing the service failed to justify the length and timing of the planned deal.

The Insider | July 16, 2021

Google Cloud and the Air Force's Rapid Sustainment Office are partnering to launch an aircraft maintenance initiative that officials say seeks to bolster maintenance readiness and staff productivity while slashing expenses.

The Insider | July 13, 2021

The Air Force has awarded Johns Hopkins University an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity deal worth up to $530 million to provide "research and development services in support of the nuclear enterprise," according to a contract notice released yesterday.

The Insider | July 12, 2021

The Air Force is in a "much better" place with Congress surrounding the Advanced Battle Management System and other programs that are more capability-focused, according to the service's deputy chief of staff for strategy, integration and requirements.

Daily News | July 12, 2021

Stressing the need to prioritize cost control as the Air Force pursues its replacement of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile, House appropriators are looking to ensure lawmakers can more closely track the price tag of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program going forward.

Daily News | July 9, 2021

House appropriators have proposed slashing the Air Force's flagship hypersonic boost-glide weapon procurement budget by $44 million in fiscal year 2022.

Daily News | July 8, 2021

The Air Force's acting acquisition chief said she's hopeful the service will be able to find ways to move forward on digital testing "in the next year or two" as officials work to embrace a broader digital acquisition approach to programs.

The Insider | July 8, 2021

Delays in procuring the MH-139A Grey Wolf have freed some $194 million the Air Force intended to use to buy eight of the helicopters in fiscal year 2021, the Pentagon's omnibus reprogramming request shows.

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