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 | July 19, 2022

Senate authorizers' version of the defense policy bill would boost the budgets of several Air Force and Space Force efforts, with multiple programs receiving additional funds requested from the services' respective unfunded priorities lists, according to a funding table lawmakers released yesterday alongside the filing of the defense policy bill.

Daily News | July 18, 2022

Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear today announced the award of two prototype agreements worth a total potential value of over $1.3 billion to L3Harris Technologies and Northrop Grumman to build out the next stage of the agency's orbital tracking layer that will monitor advanced missile threats.

Daily News | July 15, 2022

Several amendments to the House's version of the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill would require the Air Force and Space Force to send lawmakers numerous reports on divestment plans, combat rescue strategies and personnel changes.

The Insider | July 14, 2022

Space Systems Command will host a public meeting of the Interface Control Working Group on Sept. 28 to discuss GPS interface requirements, according to a notice posted in today’s Federal Register.

Daily News | July 13, 2022

Air Force officials have completed a draft environmental assessment to pave the way for the planned relocation of U.S. Space Command, the service announced today.

Daily News | July 11, 2022

While work is ongoing to lower barriers, Defense Department officials "need to do better" to help non-traditional vendors overcome obstacles like overclassification and the "Valley of Death,” especially when it comes to space acquisitions, according to a top Pentagon official.

Daily News | July 8, 2022

The Air Force Research Laboratory Space Vehicles Directorate successfully deployed a new satellite called Recurve in the early hours of July 2, launching on a rocket carried by a Virgin Orbit aircraft to climb into low-earth orbit.

Daily News | July 5, 2022

Joint Base San Antonio, TX will receive up to 72 T-7A Red Hawk training aircraft to recapitalize the aging T-38C Talon, according to a record of decision signed by Air Force officials and announced in today's Federal Register.

The Insider | July 5, 2022

Airbus U.S. Space & Defense will deliver 42 satellite platforms to Northrop Grumman for the Space Development Agency's Tranche 1 Transport Layer project, the two companies announced today.

Daily News | July 5, 2022

Defense Department officials are gauging the potential for leveraging two engine makers' adaptive propulsion system offerings into a "tri-variant" solution that would be viable across the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter fleet.

Daily News | June 29, 2022

The Air Force is looking to enhance its current tanker fleet with a suite of upgrades for the KC-46A Pegasus and KC-135 Stratotanker, according to a request for information recently posted by the service.

Daily News | June 28, 2022

With four major projects in the books and several others in the works, it could be easy to think the Space Force's recently created Space Warfighting Analysis Center has a massive budget and staff to match.

Daily News | June 27, 2022

The Air Force is currently negotiating with Boeing to resolve critical issues on major contracts that could entail further financial penalties for the company, according to the service's top acquisition official.

Daily News | June 24, 2022

The first chief of acquisitions for the Space Force is leaning into his previous experience as a top official at the National Reconnaissance Office to accelerate procurement of space systems.

The Insider | June 24, 2022

Space Systems Command has added some $54 million to a contract Palantir first won in 2021 to enlist the company’s data-as-a-service platform, the company announced in a recent news release.

Daily News | June 23, 2022

Shortly after midnight on June 23 during the House Armed Services Committee’s marathon session to fashion the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill, a bipartisan group of lawmakers voted down an amendment that would prohibit the Air Force from awarding the contract for the KC-Y “bridge tanker” unless the service conducted a competition.

Daily News | June 22, 2022

As lawmakers debate provisions of the fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill, amendments passed by the House Armed Services Committee today impose limits on the Air Force’s goal of rapidly divesting platforms.

Daily News | June 22, 2022

The Air Force will need to undergo cultural changes, overcome bureaucratic constraints and re-evaluate how it measures readiness to evolve, the service's top uniformed officer said today.

Daily News | June 21, 2022

Air Force officials' repeated use of undefinitized contractual actions to award funds for procurement of the F-15EX aircraft is "unacceptable," according to the House appropriations defense subcommittee's report accompanying the fiscal year 2023 defense spending bill.

Daily News | June 17, 2022

Northrop Grumman held a successful ground demonstration of a laser communication system for Tranche 1 satellites, according to a company press release.

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