Michael Marrow

Michael Marrow is an Air Force reporter. Prior to joining Inside Defense in March 2022, he spent two years as a freelance reporter covering policing in Charlottesville, VA and local news in Fairfax County, VA.

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The Insider | September 30, 2022

The Space Surveillance Telescope that will be operated jointly by the Australian Defense Department and Space Force reached initial operational capability today, according to a press release from Space Operations Command.

Daily News | September 30, 2022

The Space Development Agency will formally join the Space Force tomorrow due to a congressional mandate, a move that will add a new acquisition arm to the service, expand its satellite portfolio and potentially transform its procurement strategy.

The Insider | September 30, 2022

The Senate voted by unanimous consent yesterday evening to confirm Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman as the next chief of space operations and promotion to general.

Daily News | September 28, 2022

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

Daily News | September 28, 2022

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.

Daily News | September 27, 2022

The Air Force's slowed cadence of delivering new fighter aircraft is "concerning," the service's top uniformed official said today, emphasizing that quicker innovations are needed to maintain an edge over adversaries.

Daily News | September 27, 2022

Delivery of the Space Force's troubled Next Generation Operational Control System has been pushed from next month to December, according to a statement from the service's acquisition office, potentially shaving off the program's remaining schedule margin as officials work to meet an April 2023 deadline for initial operational capability.

The Insider | September 27, 2022

The Defense Department inspector general plans to launch a review next month of critical technologies associated with the Air Force's Next Generation Air Dominance platform.

Daily News | September 21, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Next Generation Overheard Persistent Infrared satellites planned for launch to geosynchronous orbit will be the Space Force's final missile warning and tracking satellites deployed to that layer, the director of the Space Development Agency said today.

Daily News | September 20, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Space Development Agency’s model of rapid satellite acquisitions is poised to shake up the Space Force's procurement strategy, the service's top acquisition official said today, who heralded SDA's operations ahead of the agency's planned transition into the Space Force next month.

Daily News | September 19, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The KC-46A Pegasus has been cleared by Air Mobility Command for combat deployment, AMC’s top official told reporters today, marking a turning point for the troubled tanker that had previously been sidelined by technical defects and cost overruns.

Daily News | September 19, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- L3Harris Technologies and Brazilian aerospace company Embraer are offering a jointly developed KC-390 Millennium as a new tanker for the Air Force’s consideration, aiming to break into the U.S. military air refueling market as the service looks to field a new generation of aircraft, the two companies announced today.

Daily News | September 15, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- As the United States increasingly leverages commercial space capabilities to support national security objectives, the Defense Department is considering steps to indemnify private space vendors due to risks to their systems, top officials said today.

Daily News | September 14, 2022

The Space Development Agency's planned launch later this month for its first low-earth orbit satellites has been postponed to December, according to SDA Director Derek Tournear, causing a minor setback for the agency's goal to deliver a proliferated architecture of low-earth orbit satellites that will serve as the backbone of the Defense Department's Joint All-Domain Command and Control effort.

Daily News | September 13, 2022

The United States will need offensive capabilities in space to deter potential adversaries from attacking orbital systems, Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman told the Senate Armed Services Committee today, as senators consider whether to confirm Saltzman as the Space Force's next chief of space operations and pin on him his fourth star.

The Insider | September 12, 2022

General Electric and the Air Force have completed testing for the company's second Adaptive Engine Transition Program prototype, marking the end of GE's current AETP efforts as the Air Force weighs whether to move forward with the program, the company announced in a press release today. (UPDATED)

Daily News | September 12, 2022

The Air Force has been quietly carrying out a fleetwide hardware fix for the F-22 Raptor after the aircraft logged several incidents due to a significant problem with the fighter's dual F119 engines, Inside Defense has learned.

The Insider | September 9, 2022

The Space Force will hold an unclassified industry day on Sept. 29 for vendors interested in competing for the procurement contract for two new satellites for the military's Mobile User Objective System, according to an announcement posted by the service.

Daily News | September 9, 2022

A review by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine of the 5G wireless network soon to be deployed by satellite company Ligado Networks found that the portion of the radio frequency spectrum the company is set to operate in could interfere with some commercial and Defense Department systems, according to a report released by NAS today. (UPDATED)

The Insider | September 8, 2022

BAE Systems has been awarded two separate contracts for modifications for the Air Force’s F-15 fighter, which respectively upgrade the aircraft’s electronic warfare suite and enhance its Global Positioning System technologies to protect against jamming and spoofing.

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