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 | November 03, 2017

Air Force Distributed Common Ground System managers are working to award a new contract to upgrade interoperability software known as the DCGS Integration Backbone, to codify its agile software development and extend the contract cycle from three to five years.

The Insider | November 03, 2017

These stories are the highlights from this week's Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | November 03, 2017

The Air Force plans to pursue a program of record in its fiscal year 2021 budget request for its AgilePod, a system that allows an aircraft to quickly add and change out sensors for different missions, a service spokesman said this week.

Daily News | October 31, 2017

The Defense Department will ask Congress to reprogram $28.2 million for the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder, shrinking the request by about $8 million after previously sought funding expired in September.

Daily News | October 27, 2017

The Air Force is restructuring how it manages remotely piloted aircraft forces to reflect the needs of an MQ-9 Reaper fleet that has nearly quadrupled in size and spread to support multiple geographic combatant commands over more than two decades.

Daily News | October 27, 2017

The Air Force is in the early stages of an acquisition program to add the Mark 21A re-entry vehicle to the Ground-Based Strategic Deterrent, according to a recently released request for information.

Daily News | October 27, 2017

Sikorsky passed a critical design review for its Combat Rescue Helicopter's training systems last month, allowing the program to progress to assembly, test and evaluation, the company announced this week.

The Insider | October 27, 2017

An Air Force "tiger team" is determining how to further cut acquisition costs, schedule and performance risks for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization program, according to service spokeswoman Capt. Emily Grabowski.

Daily News | October 27, 2017

Defense analysts say the Air Force's reconsideration of what should follow the legacy E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System is driven by the strategy and budget concerns of a new slate of Pentagon leaders, who worry key command-and-control aircraft could be shot down by advanced foreign adversaries.

Daily News | October 25, 2017

Sierra Nevada Corp. and Embraer Defense and Security announced Wednesday they will build six more A-29 Super Tucanos for Afghanistan's fledgling Air Force, bringing the fleet to a total of 26 jets.

Daily News | October 23, 2017

The Air Force is awaiting further guidance from the Office of the Secretary of Defense on how many retired pilots the service can recall as instructor pilots and staff officers and for how long, following an executive order signed by President Trump Oct. 20.

Daily News | October 20, 2017

An Air Force Air Combat Command spokeswoman said this week the command is laying the groundwork for an Advanced Battle Management System analysis of alternatives to decide a way forward for the service's battle management and command-and-control missions.

Daily News | October 20, 2017

The Air Force will experiment with the idea of replicating parts of its air warfare organization across cyber and space, as part of the service's ongoing study of multidomain command and control.

Daily News | October 20, 2017

The Air Force plans to send Congress another reprogramming request to fund the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder, after a previous request was deferred and ultimately expired this fall.

Daily News | October 17, 2017

The Air Force is funneling more money into the early stages of Long-Range Standoff Weapon development to ensure the end product is usable, the service's top uniformed acquisition official said Tuesday.

Daily News | October 16, 2017

A top Defense Department cyberspace adviser told reporters Monday cyber operators will be integrated across the military's geographic and functional organizations as part of U.S. Cyber Command's elevation to a unified combatant command.

Daily News | October 13, 2017

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to launch a series of 16 flight tests pairing manned and unmanned aircraft in the first quarter of fiscal year 2019, the first step to actualize ideas offered through a broad autonomy research effort.

Daily News | October 13, 2017

The Air Force is considering competing a slate of upgrades to the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System, according to a recent notice.

Daily News | October 13, 2017

Congress has denied the Air Force's reprogramming requests to fund the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder effort, a small unmanned aerial system procurement and other programs to bolster capabilities and security within U.S. European Command, according to documents obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | October 11, 2017

L3 Technologies and the Air Force in late September completed a preliminary design review to move legacy EC-130H Compass Call equipment to the Gulfstream G550, after L3 submitted a report to the Air Force that determined the business jet is the best platform for the electronic-attack mission, according to an L3 Technologies spokeswoman.

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