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 | 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.

Daily News | May 30, 2018

The Air Force is delaying its contract award for the UH-1N Huey replacement program until the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2018, after previously planning to select a new helicopter by early summer.

Daily News | May 29, 2018

A new directed-energy program aims to outfit a yet-undetermined air vehicle with a laser that can protect airborne platforms and defend bases, an Air Force spokesman tells Inside Defense.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

A new Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency program hopes to develop tools to ensure autonomous systems act properly as they evolve with machine learning, and will work with Boeing and Northrop Grumman testbeds to vet those assured autonomy techniques.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

The Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center says it resolved risks to the B61-12 life extension program's tailkit assembly effort that were noted in a recent Selected Acquisition Report obtained by Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

Air Force Air Education and Training Command is gathering data that will shape whether and how the service allows enlisted airmen to fly MQ-9 Reapers, the command's top general told reporters this week.

Daily News | May 24, 2018

The Air Force confirmed this week it will ask Congress to reprogram an additional $183 million for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent this year, hoping the intercontinental ballistic missile modernization program would remain ahead of schedule.

Daily News | May 23, 2018

The Pentagon's annual assessment of the defense industrial base shares concerns with Capitol Hill about the future of solid-rocket motors, including the potential for competition and continued research and development in the face of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program.

Daily News | May 23, 2018

The Government Accountability Office this week denied parts of Sikorsky's challenge to how the Air Force handles data rights in the UH-1N Huey replacement program, and dismissed other points because they were raised too early or late in the competition.

The Insider | May 22, 2018

Boeing will receive a contract worth up to $250 million to study how to make the Long-Range Standoff Weapon safe to fly on the B-52 bomber.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord certified the Air Force's acquisition strategy for the Compass Call recapitalization program in a May 14 memo to Congress, a Defense Department spokesman confirmed Friday.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

The Air Force has no concrete plans to expand an independent nuclear threat assessment group tapped for additional investment following the latest Nuclear Posture Review, but increased funding could arrive as early as fiscal year 2019, according to a service spokeswoman.

Daily News | May 17, 2018

The Defense Department plans to pair an Army-designed hypersonic boost glide vehicle with an off-the-shelf rocket to give the Air Force the ability to air-launch an ultrafast weapon as part of a new campaign to leverage the recent success of the Conventional Prompt Strike program, which Pentagon officials say has demonstrated technologies needed for a long-range hypersonic strike capability.

Daily News | May 17, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee Thursday the service could ask Congress to reprogram funding to keep the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program moving at a faster pace.

Daily News | May 17, 2018

All 39 of the Air Force's Cyber Mission Force teams are now fully operational, finalizing the service's contribution to the Defense Department's new corps that will direct, synchronize and coordinate cyberspace operations under U.S. Cyber Command.

The Insider | May 16, 2018

The Air Force will hold a teleconference May 30-31 with companies interested in building a new aircraft to monitor other countries' domestic military operations under the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, according to a notice posted this week.

The Insider | May 15, 2018

House lawmakers propose giving the Air Force money to buy two more MQ-9 Reapers in their version of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill, which passed to the full chamber May 10.

Daily News | May 15, 2018

Designing and buying a new reentry vehicle for the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent is expected to cost around $3 billion, although the Air Force isn't sure whether it will choose one or more contractors for the first development phase, a service spokeswoman said this week.

Daily News | May 10, 2018

The House Armed Services Committee wants to restrict funding for the Air Force's recapitalization of the two 57-year-old OC-135B aircraft until the Trump administration implements countermeasures to Russia's violations of the 1992 Open Skies Treaty, which allows 34 signatory countries to observe each other's domestic military operations.

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