Michael Marrow

Michael Marrow was an Inside Defense Air Force reporter from March 2022 to February 2023. Prior to that, he spent two years as a freelance reporter covering policing in Charlottesville, VA and local news in Fairfax County, VA.

Archived Articles
Daily News | January 20, 2023

The T-7 Red Hawk’s schedule has been re-baselined to support a milestone C decision in fiscal year 2024 and a full-rate production decision in FY-26, according to a report from the Pentagon’s chief weapons tester.

Daily News | January 20, 2023

The F-35 Joint Program Office's efforts to upgrade jets with Block 4 software are "deficient" and its goal of concluding Joint Simulation Environment testing later this year is "at risk," according to a new Pentagon report.

Daily News | January 19, 2023

The Defense Department has established a three-phased, multiyear approach for modernizing command and control capabilities for satellite communications, according to a comprehensive plan released Wednesday by the office of DOD Chief Information Officer John Sherman.

Daily News | January 19, 2023

In his effort to reform the way the Pentagon buys satellites and their ground systems, Space Force acquisition chief Frank Calvelli said recently that four principles were key to driving speed in projects, refining a list of tenets he released in October.

The Insider | January 18, 2023

The Space Force successfully launched another Global Positioning System III-series satellite from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL, the morning of Jan. 18 aboard a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket.

The Insider | January 17, 2023

A SpaceX Falcon Heavy rocket carrying military payloads blasted off from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL on Jan. 15, marking the second Falcon Heavy launch for the Space Force.

Daily News | January 17, 2023

The F-35 Joint Program Office plans to cut in Technology Refresh 3 hardware following the results of a developmental test campaign that a spokesman said will "continue through 2023," a timeline that jeopardizes the program's goal of integrating the hardware into production this summer.

Daily News | January 13, 2023

A critical shortage of power modules for the F-35's engines has ended, a Joint Program Office spokesman confirmed to Inside Defense.

The Insider | January 12, 2023

After three years of effort to flesh out the Space Force, its second and newest chief of space operations said the service is now sufficiently mature to tackle the challenges ahead of it.

The Insider | January 10, 2023

A Virgin Orbit rocket carrying nine satellites failed yesterday evening, a setback for the company and a blow to the United Kingdom's first ever orbital launch attempt.

The Insider | January 9, 2023

Canada has agreed to buy a total of 88 F-35 Lightning II fighter jets, the country’s government announced Jan. 9.

Daily News | January 9, 2023

The Space Force has selected teams from Boeing's Millennium Space Systems and Raytheon Intelligence & Space to proceed with building prototypes for the service's Missile Track Custody program, according to a Space Systems Command official.

Daily News | January 4, 2023

The F-35 Joint Program Office and F135 engine manufacturer Pratt & Whitney agreed to postpone delivery of new F135 engines as officials continue an investigation into the crash of an F-35B on a Texas runway in December, a JPO spokesman said in a statement to Inside Defense. (UPDATED)

The Insider | January 4, 2023

The Air Force is conducting market research to modernize the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter with improved anti-jamming and communications capabilities, according to a sources-sought synopsis published by the service Jan. 3.

Daily News | January 3, 2023

The Air Force is seeking industry input on improvements for the mobility fleet, according to three requests for information posted on New Year's Eve, efforts the service says are aimed at implementing one of Secretary Frank Kendall’s Cross-Cutting Operational Enablers (COE).

Daily News | January 3, 2023

The F-35 Joint Program Office and Lockheed Martin have finalized an agreement for aircraft production lots 15-17, Lockheed announced in a press release, a potentially $30 billion deal that includes options for up to 398 jets.

Daily News | January 3, 2023

Early this year, the Air Force expects to release requirements for its KC-Y refueling tanker, setting off an acquisition process for a platform that plays a key role in the U.S. military's ability to project power and may cap an on-again, off-again rivalry between two airframes: the Boeing 767 jetliner-derivative KC-46 Pegasus, and the Airbus A330, which has now partnered with Lockheed Martin for U.S. military conversion and is being pitched as the LMXT.

Daily News | December 27, 2022

As he prepares to retire from Congress, Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN), one of the chief lawmakers responsible for creating the Space Force and chair of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee, said space "is in good shape" under new leadership that's set to take charge in the House but larger cultural shifts are still needed.

Daily News | December 22, 2022

Lawmakers are poised to add approximately $800 million to both the Space Force's procurement and research accounts to boost satellite communications and missile-warning efforts, according to text of the fiscal year 2023 omnibus spending agreement released by House and Senate appropriators Monday evening.

Daily News | December 21, 2022

Delivery of the Space Force's long-troubled Next Generation Operational Control System, the modernized ground segment for Global Positioning System satellites, has been delayed again to summer 2023, the service’s acquisition office said in a statement to Inside Defense.

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