Rachel Karas

Rachel Karas is an associate 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 | August 23, 2017

Lockheed Martin and Raytheon will split about $1.8 billion to mature their proposed designs and begin prototyping for the Air Force's next-generation, air-launched nuclear cruise missile over nearly five years, the Air Force announced Wednesday.

Daily News | August 21, 2017

Boeing and Northrop Grumman will progress to the technology-maturation and risk-reduction phase of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent competition under contracts worth more than $300 million apiece, the Defense Department announced Monday.

Daily News | August 18, 2017

The Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program office and Boeing are working on ways to drive costs down during the 18-month preliminary design phase, which is slated to begin after a contract award in September.

Daily News | August 18, 2017

The Air Force announced last week it plans to award Boeing an additional $30 million to continue Small Diameter Bomb I integration support.

Daily News | August 15, 2017

The Air Force Research Laboratory, Air Force Global Strike Command and the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center are seeking ideas for nuclear command, control and communications "to define the art of the possible for future NC3 architectures and survivable and enduring communication systems," according to a recent broad agency announcement.

Daily News | August 11, 2017

The Joint Requirements Oversight Council is delaying validation that the RQ-4 Global Hawk's capabilities are on par with those of the U-2, as the Defense Department waits to see whether Congress scraps that certification requirement in the final fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill.

Daily News | August 11, 2017

The Air Force plans to mature extended-range technology for its Block 5 MQ-9 Reapers under an undefinitized contract action issued March 30, a service spokesman said this week.

Daily News | August 11, 2017

Defense analysts say the Air Force's decision to buy two jetliners left behind by a bankrupt Russian airline to recapitalize the Air Force One fleet won't make much difference for the multi-billion-dollar program's bottom line.

Daily News | August 09, 2017

Peter Kim, the Air Force's chief information security officer, said Wednesday the service will look at ways to give airmen more flexibility within the Risk Management Framework while the Air Force begins a sweeping review of its guidance.

The Insider | August 08, 2017

The Defense Department last week sent additional classified guidance to the services and installations to further flesh out how the military can defend against small unmanned aerial systems, according to a press release issued Monday.

Daily News | August 07, 2017

The Air Force is on track to employ 100 enlisted airmen as RQ-4 Global Hawk pilots by March 2020, the service told congressional leaders in a report last month.

Daily News | August 07, 2017

The vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff last week made the case for separating nuclear command and control from the military's push toward a multidomain system, which the Air Force is exploring through an Enterprise Capability Collaboration Team study slated to end this fall.

Daily News | August 07, 2017

Boeing and Northrop Grumman are making closing arguments for their Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent designs as the companies prepare for a contract award by the end of the fiscal year.

Daily News | August 04, 2017

The Air Force has awarded a contract to Boeing to buy two 747-8 jets that will comprise the next presidential aircraft fleet, but will not disclose how much the service is paying despite touting the move as a cost-saving measure.

Daily News | August 04, 2017

The Air Force is preparing to open the question of integrating autonomy into aircraft and computer systems to industry through a recent broad agency announcement that leverages the service's earlier work in that field, an Air Force Research Laboratory official told Inside the Air Force this week.

Daily News | August 04, 2017

U.S. Strategic Command is broadening its previous guidance on countering unmanned aerial systems to include space and missile defense assets.

The Insider | August 03, 2017

A recent letter from the Aerospace Industries Association to congressional leaders requests that Congress include strong, meaningful acquisition and contracting reforms in the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill to put companies of all sizes on a level playing field and allow for more flexibility to address the military's needs.

Daily News | July 28, 2017

A recent Government Accountability Office analysis recommends the Defense Department make its future financial reports on nuclear costs more complete and transparent, alleging murky accounting could make it more difficult for Congress to understand how spending estimates are created and to assess the long-term affordability of nuclear sustainment and modernization.

The Insider | July 28, 2017

The KC-46 recently proved it could operate safely in electromagnetic fields, passing a key hurdle for the new tanker program, Boeing said in a July 27 press release.

The Insider | July 28, 2017

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