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 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.

Daily News | March 02, 2018

Air Force Special Operations Command patched software problems discovered with the AC-130J Ghostrider's 30 mm gun, which were described in the director of operational test and evaluation's latest annual report, according to the head of AFSOC.

Daily News | March 02, 2018

Air Force Special Operations Command chief Lt. Gen. Brad Webb is optimistic that service leaders' focus on science and technology will help propel an initiative to field a laser on the new AC-130J Ghostrider gunship, he told reporters at a recent conference.

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 tailkit 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.

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