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 25, 2018

Lawmakers are questioning Air Force Air Combat Command's ability to manage MQ-9 Reapers on behalf of their special-operations counterparts and want a report on how Reaper aircrews are assigned, managed and developed, according to the House Armed Services emerging threats subcommittee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill released this week.

Daily News | April 24, 2018

Raytheon recently announced its Small Diameter Bomb Increment II program finished developmental testing, helping clear the way for operational test to start even as the weapon still faces six performance and schedule risks.

Daily News | April 24, 2018

Air Force Special Operations Command is fleshing out requirements for a next-generation, manned aircraft to fly intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions as the U-28 is phased out.

Daily News | April 20, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said this week the service scrutinized nearly 1,200 low-budget programs for potential cost-savings to shape the fiscal year 2020 budget.

The Insider | April 20, 2018

Northrop Grumman delivered its first set of software for the B-21 bomber and is working on the second, Lt. Gen. Arnold Bunch, the Air Force's military deputy for acquisition, told lawmakers this week.

Daily News | April 20, 2018

The EC-130H recapitalization program faces delays as Congress awaits the Pentagon's assurance that the Air Force properly chose the next Compass Call aircraft, the service's military deputy for acquisition told Inside the Air Force this week.

Daily News | April 20, 2018

Two of the Air Force's main sensor providers are focusing on autonomy, on-board processing, wide-area imagery and more as the service lays out its vision of a distributed data-collection environment where capability matters more than which aircraft a sensor flies on.

Daily News | April 20, 2018

Dynetics will prove whether it can launch and recover four small unmanned aerial vehicles from a C-130 in 30 minutes during phase three of the Pentagon's Gremlins program, beating out General Atomics for a $32.5 million contract this week.

Daily News | April 20, 2018

As the Air Force continues development of the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent and Long-Range Standoff Weapon, a new report from the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments questions whether the next-generation nuclear missiles will be able to stand up to rapidly evolving threats of the 21st century.

Daily News | April 17, 2018

Data processing, exploitation and dissemination research will be fast-tracked by a new rapid development team at the Air Force Research Laboratory that calls itself a special-operations team for autonomy.

Daily News | April 16, 2018

The Air Force is updating its acquisition baseline for Boeing's Joint Direct Attack Munition program for the third time after it again overran expected procurement costs, according to a December 2017 Selected Acquisition Report recently obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | April 16, 2018

The top uniformed officials of the American and British air forces this week reiterated their commitment to pursuing next-generation command-and-control improvements that allow interoperability between the partner militaries.

The Insider | April 13, 2018

Highlights from this week's Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | April 13, 2018

Up to four companies could prove their directed-energy weapons can protect military bases against small unmanned aerial vehicles in an experiment this fall that will help shape a potential acquisition program, the Air Force said this week.

Daily News | April 13, 2018

Air Force Global Strike Command is addressing nearly 50 recommendations issued by a new advisory group created last year to improve the health of the nuclear enterprise, according to written testimony the four-star general in charge of AFGSC submitted to the Senate this week.

Daily News | April 11, 2018

A fledgling effort to put a high-power laser on the new AC-130J gunship requires about $92 million in total to develop and field an offensive weapon by the early 2020s, the head of Air Force Special Operations Command told lawmakers this week.

Daily News | April 11, 2018

Several projects underway to improve Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile are taking longer than expected, and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's complexity is spurring changes to the weapon as well, the Pentagon said in a December 2017 Selected Acquisition Report.

The Insider | April 10, 2018

Boeing will further its designs for the Air Force's next presidential aircraft fleet under a new $24.1 million contract awarded this week.

Daily News | April 06, 2018

The Air Force is defending the performance of its MQ-9 Reaper following a fiscal year 2017 report by the director of operational test and evaluation that showed the remotely piloted aircraft still faces radar system deficiencies.

Daily News | April 06, 2018

The Air Force's acquisition chief recently notified lawmakers of progress made on six prototyping programs during the second half of 2017, according to a March 24 letter Inside the Air Force reviewed this week.

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