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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The Insider | March 02, 2018

The Air Force will open its Coalition Space Operations Center this summer at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, to complement the National Space Defense Center, a service official said at an Air Force Association event today.

Daily News | February 27, 2018

Boeing has reached a $3.9 billion agreement with President Trump for two 747-8 jets that will serve as the next presidential aircraft fleet, capping off a period of tumult for the program after Trump in 2016 tweeted it was too expensive and should be canceled.

Daily News | February 26, 2018

ORLANDO, FL -- The head of Air Force Air Education and Training Command told reporters here last week he is working to flesh out initiatives to shrink the manpower and the cost needed to keep the remotely piloted aircraft enterprise running.

Daily News | February 23, 2018

ORLANDO, FL -- Sikorsky is working toward the maiden flight of its HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter as it begins assembling the fleet's first aircraft in anticipation of the start of low-rate production in fiscal year 2019.

Daily News | February 23, 2018

A key nuclear modernization program, the B61-12 tail kit assembly life-extension program, requires about $52 million more for production in fiscal year 2019 than anticipated, according to the Air Force's latest budget request.

Daily News | February 23, 2018

The Air Force plans to buy 29 new MQ-9 Reapers from General Atomics in fiscal year 2019, largely to replace aircraft lost in combat or those the service expects will be unusable.

Daily News | February 23, 2018

The Air Force formally shifted the majority of funding for its Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder into research and development rather than procurement in the fiscal year 2019 budget request released last week, another sign of how the service plans to approach its agile development and operations initiatives.

Daily News | February 22, 2018

The estimated price tag to develop the Air Force's new intercontinental ballistic missile is now $21.7 billion -- a 20 percent jump compared to the service's estimate last year -- a revision that comes after Northrop Grumman and Boeing were tapped last summer to develop prototypes for a Minuteman III replacement.

Daily News | February 22, 2018

The Air Force has revealed the development cost of the Long Range Standoff Weapon to be $4.5 billion, nearly half the tab for the next-generation nuclear cruise missile the service tallied two years ago, according to service budget documents.

Daily News | February 20, 2018

The Air Force and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency are seeking more than $400 million in fiscal year 2019 -- up about 160 percent from the FY-18 request -- to mature "game-changing" technologies for potential aircraft-launched, hypersonic-strike weapons.

Daily News | February 16, 2018

A key experimentation campaign spurred by the Air Superiority 2030 flight plan is helping the Air Force move toward multidomain operations, its lead scientist tells Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | February 16, 2018

The Distributed Common Ground System will reap the benefits of the Air Force's decision to double down on ISR capabilities with $450.3 million in the fiscal year 2019 budget request to speed its transition to an open architecture.

Daily News | February 14, 2018

Sikorsky this week filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office in a disagreement over the Air Force's data and software requirements for the UH-1N replacement program.

Daily News | February 13, 2018

The Air Force is asking Congress to fund a new $13.5 million procurement program for the RQ-20B Puma in its fiscal year 2019 budget request, after the service unsuccessfully tried to reprogram money to purchase the small unmanned aerial vehicles last year.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Air Force is pursuing new battle management and command-and-control efforts after abandoning the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program in its fiscal year 2019 budget request.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Air Force's $156.3 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal calls for 48 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 15 KC-46 aerial refuelers and 36,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

Sources told Inside Defense this week they expect the Air Force will not fund the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2019 request, a stark change of course from its original plan.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

As Raytheon's Small Diameter Bomb II moves through its test program, the new weapon performed well against moving targets but still had problems hitting static and maritime targets, the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation said in his annual report published last month.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

Lockheed Martin said this week the extended-range variant of its Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile reached full operational capability on the F-15E, and the company is looking to finalize a Lot 16 production contract this year.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

Air Force Distributed Common Ground System officials say the director of operational test and evaluation's latest findings on the program are outdated because he did not account for recent software updates and new system baselines.

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