Rachel Cohen

Rachel Cohen was managing editor for Inside the Air Force until January 2019. 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.

Archived Articles
Daily News | December 5, 2018

The Air Force is launching a cross-functional team for artificial intelligence to write a service-wide strategy and mull plans to bake the technology into all of the service's systems and processes.

Daily News | December 4, 2018

Air Force Deputy Chief Information Officer Bill Marion said today the service would release a "fast-track" authority to operate policy within the next week, hoping to deploy more cybersecure capabilities faster instead of remaining beholden to the current ATO process that can last 18 months.

Daily News | December 4, 2018

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- The Air Force is 15 percent more ready now than it was in May 2017, with 75 percent of operational squadrons able to deploy in lead force packages, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson recently told reporters here.

Daily News | December 2, 2018

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said this weekend she sent the Air Force Research Laboratory back to the drawing board after seeing the draft results of a yearlong study that considered ways to revamp the science and technology enterprise for the 21st century.

Daily News | December 1, 2018

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- The Air Force is awaiting industry’s response to a second draft request for proposals as the service finalizes its acquisition strategy for a light-attack aircraft, the Air Force’s military deputy for acquisition told Inside Defense.

Daily News | December 1, 2018

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- Defense Secretary Jim Mattis today denounced a potential cut to the Pentagon’s future funding, saying the Defense Department needs Congress’ full financial support to meet the National Defense Strategy’s goals.

Daily News | November 30, 2018

MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA -- Three years after it launched as the Defense Department's conduit to Silicon Valley, the Defense Innovation Unit can now award contracts using its own other transaction authorities, rather than rely solely on service-led acquisition groups.

Daily News | November 29, 2018

Pentagon spending on electronic-warfare research and development is projected to exceed $5 billion in fiscal year 2019 and to remain above $4 billion through FY-23, as the military continues to assess what technologies it needs to control the electromagnetic spectrum.

Daily News | November 21, 2018

A recent Air Force notice requests airborne systems that autonomously process command-and-control data, a new example of the service's nascent search for material solutions that enable fast, complementary air, space and cyber combat planning.

The Insider | November 20, 2018

Air battle-management students will return to their classes at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, at the beginning of January, nearly three months after they were displaced by Hurricane Michael.

The Insider | November 20, 2018

Northrop Grumman is set to build three RQ-4 Global Hawk unmanned aircraft for Japan under a nearly $490 million contract, the Defense Department announced Monday.

Daily News | November 16, 2018

The Air Force aims to install a new Air Staff member to oversee information warfare by the end of fiscal year 2019, the service's cyberspace strategy and policy director told Inside Defense Friday.

Daily News | November 14, 2018

The Defense Department's new air-launched, anti-ship missile failed to reach early operational capability on the Air Force's B-1 bomber in September as planned because of a “minor discrepancy” in the software, a Navy official tells Inside Defense.

Daily News | November 8, 2018

Four months after the Air Force's new Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Flight Plan charted a fresh path for data-collection practices, the service now says it will hold "TechFests" where vendors can demonstrate innovative software.

The Insider | November 8, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory is prototyping four business applications it hopes will create a cheaper, simpler way to oversee research and development programs.

Daily News | November 8, 2018

Intercontinental ballistic missile bases in Montana, North Dakota and Wyoming will receive new MH-139 helicopters from fiscal year 2021 through FY-27, as the Air Force looks for ways to mature the fleet faster.

Daily News | November 7, 2018

As the Air Force's multibillion-dollar nuclear modernization programs forge ahead, Democrats are expected to use their new majority in the House to renew the debate over which types of nuclear weapons the United States should own and how to fund their upgrades.

The Insider | November 6, 2018

Lockheed Martin this week received a $350 million boost to a Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile and Long-Range Anti-Ship Missile production support contract it won last year, raising the ceiling to $450 million.

Daily News | November 6, 2018

General Atomics this week received a $263.4 million contract to build more MQ-9 Reapers, the latest award issued as the Air Force eyes buying around 100 of the remotely piloted aircraft over the next five years.

Daily News | November 5, 2018

Six months after the Air Force's cyber mission forces declared full operational capability, one official said the service faces significant challenges as it looks to institutionalize and sustain its cyber operators.

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