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.

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Daily News | August 15, 2022

The Air Force is looking to expedite its analysis of alternatives for the KC-Z program by moving up its planned launch from next decade to next year, a top official told reporters recently.

Daily News | August 15, 2022

The Air Force's decision to slash the buy of the HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter will cause a Nunn-McCurdy cost breach, a program official told reporters recently, though the service has separately advanced the airworthiness of the MH-139 Grey Wolf and will soon begin military utility testing.

Daily News | August 12, 2022

Competition will be "fundamental" for the success of the Next Generation Air Dominance program's collaborative combat aircraft component, Air Force acquisition chief Andrew Hunter told reporters yesterday, warning that progress on the effort could be stifled if Congress does not grant the service’s request to divest certain aircraft.

Daily News | August 12, 2022

The Air Force's newest training jet, the T-7A Red Hawk, is on track to meet a milestone C decision in July 2023 despite recent challenges encountered in the aircraft's development, a key official told reporters yesterday.

Daily News | August 11, 2022

DAYTON, OH -- The future of the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program hinges on whether the F-35 receives a new AETP engine, a top official said today, which would determine whether AETP enters the engineering and manufacturing development phase or is discontinued.

The Insider | August 10, 2022

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today announced the selection of 11 teams that will lead Phase 1 efforts for the Space-Based Adaptive Communications Node program, moving the agency closer to its goal of fielding a system that can enable different low earth orbit satellite constellations to communicate.

Daily News | August 10, 2022

A "majority" of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet has been cleared for flying operations amid an enterprise-wide review stemming from a potential ejection seat malfunction issue, according to a Joint Program Office spokesman. (UPDATED)

The Insider | August 9, 2022

The Space Force is conducting market research to determine the best means of transitioning legacy missile warning and tracking satellites to the next generation of command-and-control systems, according to a request for information posted by Space Systems Command yesterday.

Daily News | August 5, 2022

Emerging weaponry that can disrupt position, navigation and timing services has pushed the Pentagon to field alternatives to the Global Positioning System, but the business cases for many of those efforts are incomplete, the Government Accountability Office reported today.

Daily News | August 4, 2022

With the standing up of the Space Force, reconstitution of U.S. Space Command and the rapid growth of space operations, the National Reconnaissance Office, long the leader of space acquisitions, has often found itself at the forefront of vexing issues over jurisdiction and its role in the future of space architecture.

Daily News | August 4, 2022

The sixth Space Based Infrared System Geosynchronous Orbit satellite launched from Cape Canaveral Space Force Station, FL this morning aboard an Atlas V United Launch Alliance rocket, rounding out the current generation of missile warning and tracking satellites for the Space Force as the service looks to pivot to the next generation of threat detection.

The Insider | August 2, 2022

The Space Force is looking to retire legacy space domain awareness systems and introduce new capabilities for the 18th Space Defense Squadron at Vandenberg Space Force Base, according to a request for information posted by the service yesterday.

Daily News | July 29, 2022

Senate appropriators would increase procurement for the Air Force and raise both procurement and research, development, test and evaluation funds for the Space Force in their version of the fiscal year 2023 defense spending bill.

The Insider | July 28, 2022

Northrop Grumman is poised to compete for the Air Force's secretive Next Generation Air Dominance system, CEO Kathy Warden said today during the company's second quarter earnings call.

The Insider | July 28, 2022

President Biden has nominated Lt. Gen. B. Chance Saltzman to succeed Gen. John Raymond as chief of space operations, according to a list of nominees submitted to the Senate yesterday.

Daily News | July 27, 2022

Boeing suffered further losses on several fixed-price defense contracts, with the largest charge for the company stemming from deliveries of the MQ-25 Stingray air refueling drone, the company announced in its second-quarter earnings call today.

Daily News | July 26, 2022

The Air Force plans to decide whether to field a new engine for the service's F-35 fleet or upgrade the aircraft's existing propulsion system by the time it files its fiscal year 2024 budget request, service Secretary Frank Kendall said today.

Daily News | July 25, 2022

After winning a 10-year, $581.6 million Global Positioning System on-orbit servicing contract in June, Lockheed Martin was recently awarded $147.7 million by Space Systems Command for the first five-year period of performance, according to an SSC press release.

The Insider | July 21, 2022

The integration of the Eagle Passive Active Warning and Survivability System for the first two F-15Es has begun at Boeing's San Antonio facility, according to a Boeing press release.

The Insider | July 19, 2022

The Air Force is preparing an environmental impact statement that will assess the social, economic and environmental impacts that could result from the beddown of F-15EX and F-35A squadrons, according to a Federal Register notice published today.

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