Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen is managing editor for Inside the Air Force. She previously covered the public health insurance marketplaces for Inside Health Policy and primary, secondary and higher education at the Frederick News-Post in Frederick County, Maryland. She graduated from American University in 2013 with a bachelor's degree in international studies and journalism.

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Daily News | January 03, 2019

The Air Force is changing how it develops and buys certain munitions by using "weapons design agents," an approach that lets the service own technical data and broadly compete production contracts.

Daily News | December 31, 2018

U.S. Air Forces Europe won't have the equipment for its first rapidly deployable air base until the early 2020s -- at least two fiscal years after the service thought it would own five such kits, according to a new report by the Pentagon's inspector general.

The Insider | December 31, 2018

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board will formally launch its fiscal year 2019 studies in a closed meeting on Jan. 23 in Irvine, CA, according to a Dec. 28 Federal Register notice.

Daily News | December 28, 2018

The Air Force is pulling together technologies to incrementally create a system that can counter encroaching unmanned aerial systems, rather than waiting for a complete solution to be ready.

The Insider | December 23, 2018

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan will take over as acting defense secretary on Jan. 1, President Trump said in a tweet Sunday. He will assume the role two months earlier than Secretary Jim Mattis' planned departure on Feb. 28.

The Insider | December 21, 2018

The military on Wednesday suspended an Air Force effort to find an off-the-shelf laser prototype for base and aircraft defense, according to an Army notice.

Daily News | December 21, 2018

The team in charge of the Air Force's new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Flight Plan is working with the Air Staff's strategic plans and programs branch to see how the ISR strategy released earlier this year could affect the future force structure, a service spokesman recently confirmed to Inside Defense.

The Insider | December 19, 2018

Raytheon this week received a $141.4 million low-rate initial production contract to build 1,260 Small Diameter Bomb II munitions, the Defense Department said Tuesday evening.

Daily News | December 19, 2018

Lessons learned from the Air Force's first multidomain command-and-control wargame last month are now helping shape the fiscal year 2020 budget as well as its experimentation priorities, according to the service's operations director.

The Insider | December 18, 2018

The Air Force will not release a final request for proposals for a light-attack aircraft acquisition program in 2018, despite earlier expectations the solicitation would come out this month, a service spokeswoman confirmed Tuesday.

Daily News | December 18, 2018

Lockheed Martin announced Tuesday it has met the criteria needed to declare early operational capability for its Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile on the Air Force's B-1B bomber.

Daily News | December 18, 2018

The Air Force will consider how it uses spare parts for the MQ-9 Block 5 aircraft when projecting future requirements, in response to a Defense Department inspector general finding that the service has thousands of excess Reaper parts in its inventory.

Daily News | December 14, 2018

Operational testing for UTC Aerospace Systems' MS-177 multispectral sensor has been delayed by more than a year because issues with other programs impacted the sensor's developmental test schedule, the Air Force told Inside Defense this week.

Daily News | December 13, 2018

A fledgling directed-energy effort aims to create a ground-based laser prototype that can protect bases from airborne threats before scaling it up to fly on an aircraft, according to an Air Force request for solutions this week.

Daily News | December 13, 2018

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The commander of the 9th Maintenance Squadron wants to piggyback on the Defense Innovation Unit's artificial-intelligence work to improve sustainment for Lockheed Martin's U-2.

The Insider | December 12, 2018

President Trump has nominated Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force's military deputy for acquisition, for a promotion to become the next four-star head of Air Force Materiel Command, the service said Wednesday.

Daily News | December 12, 2018

The Air Force will consider whether its maintenance crew at Robins Air Force Base, GA, can eventually replace Northrop Grumman as the depot provider for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.

Daily News | December 11, 2018

The Air Force announced this month it had approved a milestone C decision for the B61-12 tailkit assembly program in late October, clearing the way for production.

Daily News | December 10, 2018

Defense experts in Washington say Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' vision may conflict with Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson's recent remarks that the service can't continue its current level of effort in the Middle East while properly executing the National Defense Strategy, but that greater funding and new programs could bridge the apparent divide between their perspectives.

Daily News | December 06, 2018

BEALE AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- High-altitude intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft -- particularly Lockheed Martin’s U-2 Dragon Lady -- can serve as a bridge to the next generation of reconnaissance aircraft by acting as a test truck for new sensors, according to the commander of the 9th Reconnaissance Wing here.

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