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.

The Insider | September 20, 2017

Bell Helicopter will not pitch an aircraft to replace the UH-1N Huey fleet it built for the Air Force, a company official confirmed to Inside Defense Wednesday.

Daily News | September 20, 2017

The AC-130J Ghostrider program will reach initial operational capability this month and will enter combat in about two years, according to the head of Air Force Special Operations Command.

The Insider | September 19, 2017

The Air Force has prioritized some of its nuclear command, control and communications programs in its fiscal year 2019 and five-year budget projections, according to Air Force Global Strike Command's top strategic planner.

Daily News | September 18, 2017

Air Force Materiel Command is overhauling its maintenance plan for the legacy E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System following service-life tests earlier this year.

Daily News | September 15, 2017

The Air Force this week released a request for information to kick off an experimentation campaign in fiscal year 2018 that will inform whether and how the service can cost-effectively buy directed-energy weapons to protect overseas bases from unwanted unmanned aerial systems.

Daily News | September 15, 2017

The Air Force is nearing source selection for a bomb designed to replace the legacy BLU-109, a 2,000-pound-class weapon that can damage deeply buried targets.

Daily News | September 13, 2017

Boeing will begin preliminary design work for the Presidential Aircraft Recapitalization under a contract worth roughly $600 million awarded Tuesday, the Air Force said this week.

Daily News | September 12, 2017

The Air Force is considering new options for the next generation of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System capabilities that could mean ending the recapitalization effort, a service spokeswoman confirmed to Inside Defense Tuesday.

Daily News | September 12, 2017

Among the programs the Defense Department hoped would be spared under the recently passed continuing resolution are a number of Air Force new-starts and production increases, including key munitions programs and cyber resilience efforts.

Daily News | September 08, 2017

More than 30 light-attack aircraft that can capture full-motion video will add intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capacity for the Afghan Air Force, a spokesman for the U.S. Air Force's support effort in Afghanistan said this week.

The Insider | September 08, 2017

The Air Force has awarded an undefinitized contract to L3 Technologies to move EC-130H Compass Call equipment to the Gulfstream G550 commercial business jet, a service spokeswoman said today.

Daily News | September 08, 2017

The Air Force began developmental test for its B61-12 tailkit last month by dropping the unarmed weapon from an F-15E, work that continues alongside a three-year system qualification flight testing program that began in March.

Daily News | September 08, 2017

Air Force Research Laboratory officials say they are launching a series of information transfer agreements so commercial industry can mature service-owned technology to control multiple unmanned aerial vehicles at once.

Daily News | September 08, 2017

Boeing and the Air Force are now studying the wings of E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft to determine how much service life remains, after the fuselage proved to be in better health than expected.

Daily News | September 08, 2017

The Government Accountability Office this week released an unclassified explanation of its decision to scrap protests filed by Boeing and Bombardier that contested the Air Force's decision to let L3 Technologies choose the next Compass Call platform, among other aspects of the service's effort to re-host the system onto another aircraft.

Daily News | September 06, 2017

A top Air Force intelligence official said this week the service plans to be able to sift through and label classified photos and videos taken from intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance platforms like the MQ-9 Reaper and RQ-4 Global Hawk by this time next year, as the result of experiments ongoing with the Defense Department’s Algorithmic Warfare Cross-Functional Team.

Daily News | September 01, 2017

Kratos' Valkyrie, in development for the Air Force's Low-Cost Attritable Strike Unmanned Aerial System Demonstration, completed the aircraft's critical design review earlier this month and is working toward flight tests by the third quarter of 2018, a company official told Inside the Air Force this week.

Daily News | September 01, 2017

A recent justification-and-approval document for a server the Air Force is buying as part of the Air Operations Center Weapon System pathfinder sheds light on the service’s vision for the system’s networked cloud.

Daily News | September 01, 2017

The Defense Department will extend the Joint Direct Attack Munition program to allow delivery of another five lots to Air Force, Navy and foreign customers by May 2025, the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center told Boeing in a letter sent last month.

Daily News | August 31, 2017

The Air Force will continue mulling the possibility of merging the 24th and 25th Air Forces into a joint group for cyber, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and electronic warfare operations at a senior leadership's Corona meeting Oct. 30 to Nov. 3, a service spokesman told Inside the Air Force this week.

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