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 14, 2018

House appropriators are offering an additional $194 million in their version of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill to accelerate the Air Force's move to a new Compass Call platform.

The Insider | June 14, 2018

Raytheon recently won a contract worth $14.1 million to add 18 more Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missiles to Lot 32, raising total production in that batch to 590 missiles, an Air Force spokeswoman told Inside the Air Force June 13.

Daily News | June 13, 2018

House appropriators are pushing back on the Air Force's request to buy 29 MQ-9 Reapers in fiscal year 2019, arguing the service's procurement plans don't properly address its future aircraft needs.

Daily News | June 13, 2018

The Defense Department's inspector general is launching an audit this month of the nuclear command and control system's supply chain, the watchdog office said this week.

Daily News | June 12, 2018

Senators are flagging potential schedule problems for two nuclear weapon modernization programs and want the Defense Department and National Nuclear Security Administration to better align their work.

Daily News | June 11, 2018

Hurlburt Field, FL, is expanding its active-duty MQ-9 Reaper pilot workforce to allow for a second combat line under Air Force Special Operations Command.

Daily News | June 11, 2018

As Defense Department leaders study how best to organize the military's nuclear command, control and communications, Senate authorizers have proposed a slew of changes to that portfolio's oversight.

Daily News | June 08, 2018

Senate authorizers want to tie a congressional requirement to develop a conventional variant of the Long-Range Standoff Weapon to initial operational test and evaluation, not initial operational capability as current law stipulates.

Daily News | June 08, 2018

The Air Force announced this week it will shift cyber warfare responsibilities to Air Combat Command instead of Air Force Space Command this summer, a new step toward its overarching goal of enabling and speeding multidomain operations.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

The Air Force may consider its first group of officers who will train for multidomain operations by the end of the year, a service official said this week.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

The Air Force's Low-Cost Attritable Aircraft Technology effort would get an $80 million boost under the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill, more than doubling the program's $50.5 million prototyping request.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

Senate defense authorizers this week laid out pieces of a plan to speed development of a next-generation battle management network to replace the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, to include legacy command-and-control aircraft, remotely piloted aircraft and a new target-tracking radar.

Daily News | June 06, 2018

House appropriators want to block the Air Force from retiring more than one E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System jet unless the service continues its earlier plan to recapitalize the fleet.

Daily News | June 06, 2018

Robins Air Force Base, GA, will build a blue-suit heavy maintenance enterprise for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, the second major intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance aircraft to try a new sustainment approach there in as many years.

Daily News | June 06, 2018

The Air Force is putting the finishing touches on its fiscal year 2020 program objective memorandum, but the key budgeting document is "blind" to agile development, the Air Force's director of information technology acquisition process development said this week.

Daily News | June 01, 2018

Two Democratic senators added language to the Senate Armed Services Committee's version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill that would tell the Government Accountability Office to report on how the Air Force is improving the lives of its remotely piloted aircraft operators.

The Insider | May 31, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory on May 29 requested proposals to launch a "state-of-the-art, end-to-end, sustainable collaborative research consortium" for aerospace autonomy, which would receive $195 million through fiscal year 2022.

Daily News | May 31, 2018

L3 Technologies and BAE Systems have stopped work on the Air Force's EC-130H Compass Call "cross-deck" program until the service can again obligate funds in two weeks, an Air Force spokeswoman confirmed Thursday.

Daily News | May 31, 2018

The Pentagon's independent cost estimate office projects the Air Force's Combat Rescue Helicopter will cost up to $9.2 billion, 3 percent more than the service's cost position of $8.9 billion, according to a recent Defense Department report on the military's 30-year aviation outlook.

Daily News | May 30, 2018

The Air Force wants to make headway on developing an autonomous fighter jet in an 18-month program spearheaded by a new rapid development team, Inside Defense has learned.

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