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 06, 2018

As the Air Force overhauls its nuclear command, control and communications enterprise, an analysis of alternatives starting later this year will explore how to jointly replace the E-4B National Airborne Operations Center and the Navy's smaller E-6B.

Daily News | April 06, 2018

The Air Force increased Boeing's contract for the Joint Direct Attack Munition program by $311.8 million, the Defense Department said April 2.

The Insider | April 06, 2018

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

Daily News | April 06, 2018

Gorgon Stare, the Air Force's sensor program of record for wide-area motion imagery mounted on MQ-9 remotely piloted aircraft, will receive a limited slate of upgrades in the near future but isn't currently expected to grow across the Reaper fleet, the service recently reported to Congress.

The Insider | April 05, 2018

One Thunderbirds pilot died April 4 when his F-16 fighter jet crashed during a routine aerial demonstration training flight at the Nevada Test and Training Range, according to the Air Force.

Daily News | April 05, 2018

A Boeing KC-46 again successfully refueled a second KC-46 to meet another certification milestone for fuel on-load testing, the company announced this week.

Daily News | April 04, 2018

BAE Systems this week filed a bid protest with the Government Accountability Office, arguing it is better qualified than Raytheon to serve as the operations and sustainment contractor for the Air Force's Cobra Dane radar system.

Daily News | April 04, 2018

Five Air Force procurement programs saw cost swings of more than $1 billion over the last year, and 24 of the service's systems shrank by $2.5 billion in aggregate, the Defense Department said this week.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force, in its ongoing deep-dive study of electronic warfare and the electromagnetic spectrum, is considering non-material solutions as part of its analysis and could start implementing them by next spring, according to an update to an earlier request for information.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force's formal report to congressional defense committees on its new plan for replacing the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System offers more insight on how it views the roles of the MQ-9 Reaper, RQ-4 Block 40 and other assets in a future battle management network.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson this week pointed to additional actions under way to make the service's requirements-building, acquisition and regulatory processes more integrated and flexible.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force tells the Senate Armed Services Committee in a recent report it is technically possible for the service to flight test two intercontinental ballistic missiles at once but that doing so wouldn't be operationally feasible.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force has repurposed $4.8 million from fiscal year 2016 to buy 30 B61-12 tailkit assembly trainers in FY-18, after a series of continuing resolutions threatened the program's progress earlier this year, a service spokeswoman recently confirmed.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

Two Northrop Grumman Global Hawks will return to Robins Air Force Base, GA, for a new coat of paint after their recent paint jobs cracked and chipped.

Daily News | March 28, 2018

The Pentagon has revived a council established more than a decade ago to newly coordinate the government's approach to multidomain intelligence, according to the under secretary of defense for intelligence.

The Insider | March 26, 2018

The Air Force recently awarded a $532.1 million production contract to Raytheon for Lot 32 of its Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile.

The Insider | March 23, 2018

The fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill,  signed into law by the president this week, appropriates $405.5 million for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization and blocks the Air Force from using it for anything else unless lawmakers approve a reprogramming request.

Daily News | March 23, 2018

The Air Force is studying whether Lockheed Martin's U-2 can fly until 2100, about five decades longer than its current expected service life, according to Susan Thornton, director for information dominance programs in the service's acquisition branch.

Daily News | March 23, 2018

Congress is slated to appropriate $248.2 million for the Air Force's Distributed Common Ground System in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill released this week, nearly $70 million more than the service requested in the base budget.

Daily News | March 23, 2018

The Air Force this week released a classified request for information that will shape the engineering and manufacturing development phase of the Air Force's Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent program.

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