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

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Daily News | September 1, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee is seeking to bar the Space Force's acquisition executive from establishing a program of record unless officials determine there are no commercial alternatives currently available, under an amendment lawmakers adopted today during the panel's marathon mark-up of the fiscal year 2022 defense policy bill.

Daily News | September 1, 2021

In the opening hour of the House Armed Service Committee's marathon defense policy bill mark-up, lawmakers signed off on an amendment that would direct officials to notify congressional defense panels if they determine China's nuclear stockpile outpaces that of the United States.

Daily News | August 30, 2021

While the Air Force is seeking to halt the procurement of MQ-9 Reapers in its fiscal year 2022 budget request, the House Armed Services Committee's chairman's mark instead aims to direct the service to add six of the drones to its inventory.

Daily News | August 26, 2021

The House Armed Services Committee wants the Air Force to ensure its Advanced Battle Management System doesn’t waste resources and fields capabilities that fit into the Defense Department's broader command and control effort, as lawmakers recommended cutting back the program's funding in their fiscal year 2022 chairman’s mark. 

Daily News | August 25, 2021

House authorizers are seeking to block the Air Force from awarding a procurement contract for its new nuclear cruise missile until officials share updated cost information with lawmakers, according to a new document obtained by Inside Defense.

The Insider | August 24, 2021

The Air Force has released a second request for information surrounding the Next Generation Aerial Target as officials are poised to again consider potential development of the fifth-generation training and testing tool.

The Insider | August 23, 2021

The Utah Air National Guard demonstrated the use of Tactical Targeting Network Technology with a KC-135 Stratotanker for the first time in a flight earlier this month as part of a push to support the Air Force’s role in implementing the broader Joint-All Domain Command and Control framework.

Daily News | August 23, 2021

The Air Force’s chief scientist is calling on policymakers to not only invest in new microelectronics technologies, but also help shape goal-setting around those investments, as the service and defense officials seek to make the area a budget priority in the next fiscal year.

Daily News | August 18, 2021

With the Air Force moving away from seeking a direct replacement follow-on to the MQ-9, officials are assessing their next steps as they determine how a multirole unmanned aerial system could integrate with the broader force design going forward, a service spokesman said.

Daily News | August 18, 2021

The Air National Guard 174th Attack Wing's recent demonstration of a host of new MQ-9 capabilities within the Ghost Reaper suite is one leg of a synchronized push to "create an aircraft that is far more capable than any one service or organization could make on its own," the wing's chief of weapons and tactics told Inside Defense this week.

Daily News | August 12, 2021

Originally expected to transition to a program of record in fiscal year 2023, a top official tied to the Air Force's Skyborg effort is backing off that timeline, telling reporters today the program is poised to continue operational experimentation over the next several years.

The Insider | August 9, 2021

One of the top officials at U.S. Space Command said today he foresees the formation of "an internet of space things" that would facilitate autonomous communications between satellites and constellations, bolster awareness and avoid collisions.

The Insider | August 6, 2021

The Air Force chief of staff said his service's new force-generation model will prevent officials from "running ourselves ragged" as part of a broader effort to standardize scheduling and ensure sustained readiness and future modernization.

Daily News | August 5, 2021

Building off its purchase of eight new F-16 jets as part of a more-than-$1 billion deal two years ago, the Bulgarian government continues to eye a follow-on agreement for additional aircraft as part of a discussion that is "still in the works," a U.S. Air Force official said today.

The Insider | August 5, 2021

The Air Force and a group of venture capital firms have struck a $60 million contract with Georgia-based aerospace start-up Hermeus Corporation to bolster hypersonic development.

Daily News | August 4, 2021

The Air Force expects to clear a key hurdle in replacing and modernizing the legacy, decades-old Theater Battle Management Core System in March 2022, when the service projects it will unveil the first minimum viable capability release of its in-the-works software package, a top official involved in the effort said today.

Daily News | August 4, 2021

The Air Force's Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon may face schedule changes after the service's flagship boost-glide hypersonic vehicle logged continued issues in its second test last week, though a program executive noted officials are currently "still postured to award and transition into production by the end of fiscal year 2022."

Daily News | August 4, 2021

The Air Force's HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter is not expected to face additional program delays in light of a recent court ruling that barred the service from moving forward with a nearly $1 billion sole-source contract for rolling upgrades to the legacy HH-60G Pave Hawk replacement.

The Insider | August 4, 2021

Kratos' chief executive said the company hopes to win a multiyear award from the Air Force for a target drone program in the coming months, one of "several" deals he's looking forward to seeing from the Defense Department before year's end.

Daily News | August 3, 2021

Facing ongoing airworthiness certification delays, Air Force officials are "still locking in" a new milestone C date to clear the way for the production and deployment of Boeing's MH-139A Grey Wolf, a service program executive said today.

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