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 | October 20, 2017

An Air Force Air Combat Command spokeswoman said this week the command is laying the groundwork for an Advanced Battle Management System analysis of alternatives to decide a way forward for the service's battle management and command-and-control missions.

Daily News | October 20, 2017

The Air Force will experiment with the idea of replicating parts of its air warfare organization across cyber and space, as part of the service's ongoing study of multidomain command and control.

Daily News | October 20, 2017

The Air Force plans to send Congress another reprogramming request to fund the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder, after a previous request was deferred and ultimately expired this fall.

Daily News | October 17, 2017

The Air Force is funneling more money into the early stages of Long-Range Standoff Weapon development to ensure the end product is usable, the service's top uniformed acquisition official said Tuesday.

Daily News | October 16, 2017

A top Defense Department cyberspace adviser told reporters Monday cyber operators will be integrated across the military's geographic and functional organizations as part of U.S. Cyber Command's elevation to a unified combatant command.

Daily News | October 13, 2017

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to launch a series of 16 flight tests pairing manned and unmanned aircraft in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the first step to actualize ideas offered through a broad autonomy research effort.

Daily News | October 13, 2017

The Air Force is considering competing a slate of upgrades to the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, according to a recent notice.

Daily News | October 13, 2017

Congress has denied the Air Force's reprogramming requests to fund the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder effort, a small unmanned aerial system procurement and other programs to bolster capabilities and security within U.S. European Command, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | October 11, 2017

L3 Technologies and the Air Force in late September completed a preliminary design review to move legacy EC-130H Compass Call equipment to the Gulfstream G550, after L3 submitted a report to the Air Force that determined the business jet is the best platform for the electronic-attack mission, according to an L3 Technologies spokeswoman.

Daily News | October 06, 2017

Advances in nuclear enterprise modeling-and-simulation technology that could add autonomy into the command-and-control process are in reach within the next two decades, Air Force Global Strike Command's chief scientist said last week.

Daily News | October 06, 2017

Lockheed Martin repurposed its U-2S as a multidomain command-and-control aircraft during the Air Force's Northern Edge exercise earlier this year, using it to relay intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance data and direct a missile to its target.

Daily News | October 06, 2017

As the Air Force prepares to choose a helicopter to replace its UH-1N Huey fleet, it is simultaneously moving forward with a service-life extension program for 42 aircraft to keep them airworthy until the new helicopters are delivered. (UPDATED)

Daily News | October 06, 2017

Lockheed Martin and Rockwell Collins this week each won contracts worth about $80 million to design a new system to allow U.S. Strategic Command to launch intercontinental ballistic missiles from an aircraft if ground control stations are unusable.

The Insider | October 06, 2017
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The Insider | October 06, 2017

The Air Force is searching for advanced threat-hunting software to add to the Air Operations Center Weapon System, according to a recent Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Daily News | October 03, 2017

Sikorsky is preparing to look at when and how to upgrade its HH-60W after it is fielded as the Air Force's Combat Rescue Helicopter, in a study of potential Block 1 capabilities that could last up to a year.

Daily News | September 29, 2017

The Pentagon wants to reprogram nearly $30 million in fiscal year 2017 Air Force Overseas Contingency Operations funding to buy small unmanned aerial systems, portable command-and-control centers and other items to meet unexpected requirements, according to a document obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | September 29, 2017

Block 5 MQ-9s, the latest addition to the Reaper fleet, are performing well in combat but some have overheated while landing, according to the 432nd Air Wing commander.

Daily News | September 29, 2017

Air Force Air Combat Command plans to wrap up its study of next-generation intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and strike capabilities in November, which could open the door to an analysis of alternatives in 2018, according to a service spokeswoman.

Daily News | September 29, 2017

A new large-scale training exercise for the intercontinental ballistic missile force is offering insight into how prepared crews are for daily life on alert and in emergencies.

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