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 | April 24, 2017

A continuing resolution that lasts until October could delay the Air Force's effort to move the EC-130H Compass Call's electronic attack and early warning capabilities to a new platform by at least a year, a service spokeswoman said last week.

Daily News | April 21, 2017

The Air Force is looking for companies able to build components of the GBU-57 Massive Ordnance Penetrator system, including the warhead case, tail kit, fuzing system, carriage and release equipment and other ground support equipment.

Daily News | April 21, 2017

Lockheed Martin will manage all life-cycle support for two of its cruise missile programs at its Orlando, FL, facility under a $100 million, sole-source Air Force contract announced this week.

Daily News | April 20, 2017

The Air Force's second draft request for proposals to replace the UH-1N Huey released April 19 formalizes a new acquisition strategy that lets companies install extra items onto their helicopters before production, as the service announced it would do in February.

Daily News | April 20, 2017

The Air Force this week issued a stop-work order for the beleaguered Air Operations Center Weapon System 10.2 upgrade program due to insufficient funds, according to a service spokeswoman.

Daily News | April 18, 2017

Hypersonic intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft are getting a new look under an effort that will explore air-breathing engines and may try to estimate the overall cost of such a platform, officials recently told Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 14, 2017

The Air Force is revamping “Checkmate,” a strategic studies group started in the 1970s that sporadically evolves based on the needs of service leadership, according to the Air Force's operations chief.

Daily News | April 14, 2017

The Air Force says its 350 MQ-9 Reapers are enough to fulfill its current program of record until follow-on capabilities are fielded and has a plan to use backup and reserve aircraft to refill the remotely piloted aircraft's inventory through 2025.

Daily News | April 14, 2017

Lockheed Martin and the Air Force last month tested the next phase of manned-unmanned teaming technology that will shape the service's Loyal Wingman effort, and a company official told Inside the Air Force this week they plan to launch more demonstrations later this year.

Daily News | April 11, 2017

Air Force Air Combat Command's airborne networking industry day to be held Wednesday will explore ways to incorporate cloud-based airborne networking into future families of systems, as well as to drive current networking efforts that exist between services, to join initiatives already underway in other services and create new ones altogether.

Daily News | April 11, 2017

U.S. Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten has rescinded a request for forces, more than a year after it was submitted to the Joint Staff, to add more security personnel at intercontinental ballistic missile sites while the Air Force replaces the UH-1N Huey.

Daily News | April 10, 2017

Radar warning receiver technology that was questioned in a recent Government Accountability Office report is expected to be mature enough to integrate into Sikorsky's HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter in 2018, the Air Force said last week.

Daily News | April 07, 2017

The Trump administration and the Air Force have finalized minimum requirements for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, green-lighting price negotiations with Boeing, service officials told Inside the Air Force this week.

The Insider | April 07, 2017

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

Daily News | April 07, 2017

Air Force officials report they are ahead of schedule in working through the service's war-planning software's remaining problems, after issuing a critical change report and editing the program's schedule baselines last fall.

The Insider | April 07, 2017

Boeing will provide the Air Force with 18 more QF-16 Full-Scale Aerial Targets by April 2021 under a $24.7 million contract option the service activated last month, extending the existing contract to November 2020, a company spokesman wrote in an April 6 email.

Daily News | April 05, 2017

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said Wednesday a continuing resolution that lasts until October would delay the service's $6.9 billion engineering and manufacturing development contract for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization, due in 2018, for at least five months.

The Insider | April 05, 2017

A Lockheed Martin-built F-16C belonging to the D.C. Air National Guard crashed outside Joint Base Andrews, MD, during a routine training mission with other guard aircraft in the Washington area Wednesday morning, the Air National Guard stated in a release.

Daily News | April 05, 2017

Gen. John Hyten, head of U.S. Strategic Command, said Tuesday he signed off on guidance last week to dictate how to engage with unmanned aerial vehicles spotted near weapons facilities in the United States.

Daily News | April 04, 2017

U.S. Strategic Command chief Gen. John Hyten on Tuesday told the Senate Armed Services Committee that 100 new B-21 bombers would be enough to satisfy strategic requirements, after the Air Force surprised analysts by suggesting it may look to grow the program.

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