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.

Daily News | March 22, 2018

The Air Force is shifting research and development money in its fiscal year 2019 budget request to support "game-changing" directed-energy efforts, newly prioritizing an experimentation campaign set to begin this fall.

The Insider | March 21, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory will launch its first experiment to use directed energy to defend bases against small, unmanned aerial systems in October, a service official said Wednesday.

Daily News | March 20, 2018

The head of U.S. Strategic Command told the Senate Armed Services Committee this week he's no longer concerned about the legacy UH-1N Huey fleet's ability to last until replacements are ready because the Air Force upgraded the helicopters over the past year.

Daily News | March 19, 2018

An Air Force spokesman says the possibility of adding air-to-air missiles to the MQ-9 Reaper is still predecisional, following a notice of a pending contract award to General Atomics for a system simulating that capability.

Daily News | March 16, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has a message for Congress this week: Stop reorganizing the Defense Department and focus on personnel reform.

Daily News | March 16, 2018

The Air Force plans to release a draft request for proposals for the Mark 21A nuclear reentry vehicle in late fiscal year 2018, according to a new acquisition report published this week.

Daily News | March 16, 2018

The Air Force will continue fleshing out a path to add lasers to mobility aircraft after considering demonstrating a laser weapon on a range of those platforms last year, one of the service's research chiefs said this week.

The Insider | March 16, 2018

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Daily News | March 15, 2018

The Air Force plans to retire a fourth E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System in fiscal year 2021, after its latest budget request revealed a plan to retire three of the 16-aircraft fleet in FY-19.

Daily News | March 14, 2018

The Air Force plans to award a Lot 16 contract for the extended-range variant of Lockheed Martin's Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile this month, the service said in recent budget and acquisition documents.

Daily News | March 13, 2018

The Air Force on Tuesday released a new report directed by service Secretary Heather Wilson to offer an overview of how the service handled its 465 programs of record in fiscal year 2017 and summarizing plans for FY-18 and FY-19.

Daily News | March 12, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said this week the civilian heads of each service are looking at ways to approach science and technology efforts as a joint force, among other initiatives to become a more integrated and prepared military.

Daily News | March 09, 2018

Some of the Air Force's MQ-1 Predators are preparing for a new life with the Navy as Creech Air Force Base, NV, officially retires the remotely piloted aircraft this week.

Daily News | March 09, 2018

Lockheed Martin is planning its fourth multidomain command-and-control tabletop exercise this summer that will use automated tools to plan kinetic and non-kinetic effects in air, space and cyberspace.

Daily News | March 09, 2018

Upgrading the MQ-9 Reaper to track moving targets more effectively will improve the Lynx synthetic aperture radar but cannot replace the E-8C Joint Surveillance Attack Radar System's capabilities, General Atomics tells Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | March 08, 2018

A bipartisan group of senators wrote to Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson this week asking for clarity on how Sikorsky's recent bid protest could affect the UH-1N Huey replacement competition's schedule, saying they have “low confidence” the service will stick to its plan to award a production contract in fiscal year 2018.

Daily News | March 06, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said today the service should train airmen as multidomain command-and-control operators early in their careers, rather than stand up a mid-career group as recommended by last year’s enterprise study of MDC2.

The Insider | March 05, 2018

The Air Force plans to release a report in the next few weeks detailing how its acquisition programs fared in 2017, service spokeswoman Ann Stefanek confirmed Friday.

Daily News | March 02, 2018

The Air Force's $1.8 billion, fiscal year 2019 unfunded requirements list includes boosts for the service's space, nuclear and military construction portfolios, but its largest request is an additional $800 million for a classified program.

Daily News | March 02, 2018

Executives at the Air Force's top weapons suppliers say they are looking for new ways to streamline munitions production as demand grows and the service focuses on more advanced adversaries.

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