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 | June 23, 2017

Sierra Nevada Corp. will partner with prime contractor Lockheed Martin, Bombardier and Raytheon to missionize Bombardier's Global 6000 business jet to function as a recapitalized E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.

Daily News | June 23, 2017

The Air Force removed the last intercontinental ballistic missile scheduled to be packed up from its launch facility June 2, finishing the 50-missile drawdown eight months ahead of the deadline required by the New START treaty, service spokesman Capt. Mark Graff confirmed June 22.

Daily News | June 23, 2017

CREECH AIR FORCE BASE, NV. -- The Navy is considering a plan to recycle the Air Force's soon-to-be retired MQ-1 Predators for its own use, a Navy spokeswoman confirmed to Inside the Air Force this week.

Daily News | June 23, 2017

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is stepping into the Air Force's competition to build the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent with a provision to block the engineering and manufacturing development contract award if the design includes fewer than 15 fixed launch control centers at each missile wing, unless the head of U.S. Strategic Command approves.

Daily News | June 23, 2017

The Air Force is about halfway through its first year of formal programmed depot maintenance on the 1960s-era intercontinental ballistic missile fleet, as the service continues its effort to replace the land-based nuclear weapons into the 2030s.

Daily News | June 23, 2017

The Air Force plans to start buying 226 Oshkosh Joint Light Tactical Vehicles in fiscal year 2017 to replace earlier humvees.

Daily News | June 21, 2017

The House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee wants to block any progress the Air Force is making in moving EC-130H Compass Call equipment to a new aircraft until Pentagon leadership signs off on the service’s acquisition strategy, following three bid protests and a program delay.

Daily News | June 20, 2017

The House Armed Services tactical air and land forces subcommittee’s mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill directs the Air Force and defense secretaries to study whether it would be more cost-effective to improve the MQ-9 Reaper fleet by upgrading existing Block 1 aircraft to the Block 5 design or by buying new aircraft altogether.

The Insider | June 09, 2017

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

The Defense Digital Service, Defense Innovation Unit Experimental and Air Operations Center Weapon System program office are collaborating on a "pathfinder" effort to drive improvements to the troubled air war planning system forward, attempting to salvage a system whose future is key to next-generation operations.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

The Air Force is designing a new munition, designated the BLU-136/B next-generation area-attack weapon increment II, to replace its older cluster bombs in the next three years following a 2008 Pentagon policy to do away with more than 111,000 area-attack weapons by the end of 2018.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

The head of Air Force Global Strike Command told senators this week he needs a "full-court press" to hire 50 or 60 more staffers to handle the service's Nuclear Weapons Center and nuclear command, control and communications portfolio.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

An RQ-4 Global Hawk's recent arrival at Robins Air Force Base, GA, may set the stage for new approaches the Air Force could take to maintain the remotely piloted aircraft fleet.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

The Air Force wants to buy 16 new Block 5 MQ-9 Reapers from General Atomics in fiscal year 2018, a move that comes after the service had not planned to purchase more of the unmanned aerial vehicles that year.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

Lockheed Martin is trying to leverage its experience with command-and-control systems to be a key player in the Air Force's effort to move to multidomain war planning and operations, launching biennial exercises and holding conferences to bolster this year's Enterprise Capabilities Collaboration Team study.

The Insider | June 07, 2017

Bombardier has filed its second bid protest against the Air Force's effort to move EC-130H Compass Call equipment to a new platform, according to the Government Accountability Office.

The Insider | June 07, 2017

The Air Force plans to expand the ranks of its digital-domain leadership by adding a new chief data officer position, the service's chief information security officer said today.

Daily News | June 07, 2017

Each of the Air Force's 39 new cyber mission force teams will be fully operational in fiscal year 2018, the service's secretary told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week.

The Insider | June 02, 2017

Lockheed Martin this week won a nearly $414 million contract to build the 15th lot of its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile, the first batch that will consist only of the extended-range variant.

Daily News | June 02, 2017

Munitions procurement, largely funded through the overseas contingency operations account to continue the fight against insurgent groups in the Middle East, would soar if the Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request is approved.

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