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 WisPolitics.com.

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Daily News | January 18, 2022

Defense officials plan to release an analysis of alternatives surrounding the now-declassified Ground Moving Target Indicator satellite program in late spring, the chief of space operations said today, as the Space Force gears up to focus on further force design work in the service’s third year. 

The Insider | January 18, 2022

Col. Eric Felt, director of the Air Force Research Laboratory's Space Vehicles Directorate, will be joining the Space Force in July to help shape the service's acquisition function, AFRL announced today. 

Daily News | January 18, 2022

As Blue Origin explores point-to-point space cargo transport under a newly signed deal with U.S. Transportation Command, the company is setting its sights on both a technically viable and "economically feasible" solution while officials consider the capability's military potential. 

Daily News | January 13, 2022

The Air Force's chief digital transformation officer is hopeful that a recent hackathon could begin informing defense officials on how to "buy better" by leveraging collected data to shape acquisition decisions.

Daily News | January 12, 2022

While the fiscal year 2022 National Defense Authorization Act stipulates certain acquisition authorities the Space Development Agency will retain amid its move to the Space Force this coming fall, the agency's head said today officials are still hashing out the details as they await input from a key nominee.

Daily News | January 12, 2022

The Air Force One recapitalization effort could see a new schedule baseline this quarter, as recent issues have pushed back the anticipated timeline for delivering the two aircraft.

The Insider | January 11, 2022

Collins Aerospace will give the B-52 bomber a new electric power generation system, the company announced today.

The Insider | January 11, 2022

The first production unit of the Air Force's B61-12 has been delivered, following a schedule delay that set back the bomb's arrival by nearly two years. 

Daily News | January 10, 2022

Companies involved in the Air Force's autonomous aircraft teaming endeavor are welcoming efforts to include two classified drone programs involving bombers and fighters in the upcoming budget request, with one industry official saying the move reflects the service's acknowledgment that it now has the tools "ready to start answering these needs."

The Insider | January 7, 2022

A new Defense Department inspector general audit found that while the Space Force has enabled successful launches from its bases in Florida and California, the service lacked spare parts needed to replace range item components -- a shortage that in some cases could lead to data loss, delay or an aborted mission.

The Insider | January 5, 2022

Blue Origin has joined U.S. Transportation Command's effort to explore the potential military use of space cargo transport capabilities, marking officials' third cooperative research and development agreement in this arena.

Daily News | January 4, 2022

The Air Force’s chief scientist wants to see officials leverage directed energy “to further enable and support” the service’s agile combat employment strategy, as she advocates "thinking outside the box” when considering use cases for those technologies.

The Insider | January 4, 2022

The Space Development Agency estimates it will award a contract for the ground operations and integration component of its Tranche 1 Transport Layer in June 2022, according to a new pre-solicitation notice.

Daily News | January 3, 2022

With dynamic spectrum sharing experimentation underway at Hill Air Force Base, UT, testbed vendor Nokia is gearing up to support application developers' efforts to build on top of the newly deployed 5G cellular network while keeping an eye trained on opportunities to potentially enhance the available use cases for its work.

Daily News | December 27, 2021

Bolstered by a $60 million Air Force-backed contract, Hermeus is working toward developing the full-scale flight engine for its Quarterhorse concept aircraft as the aerospace start-up barrels toward a potential first flight test of the platform within the first half of 2023.

Daily News | December 23, 2021

The Air Force's chief scientist is looking to craft a microelectronics strategy for the service by the end of March -- a document she says will not only assess current and future needs but also “where those parts can come from.”

The Insider | December 22, 2021

Implemented foreign military sales totaled $34.8 billion in fiscal year 2021, the State Department announced today, a drop of some $16 billion compared to the prior year.

The Insider | December 21, 2021

The F-35 joint program office is surveying suppliers on the potential for implementing new cost reduction strategies over the life cycle of the fighter aircraft, a request for information shows.

The Insider | December 21, 2021

The Air Force's Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon faced "an unknown issue" during an attempted booster test flight this month, the service's program executive officer for weapons confirmed, marking the latest testing mishap for the hypersonic missile.

The Insider | December 20, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory is looking to incorporate strike and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities into its air-breathing hypersonic effort, according to a new contract notice, which clears the way for an anticipated request for proposals next month.

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