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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Daily News | January 08, 2018

The Government Accountability Office recently dismissed Raytheon's formal protest that the Air Force unfairly excluded the company's "Archimedes" wide-area surveillance radar from the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization competition.

Daily News | January 05, 2018

The Air Force marked the end of 2017 by issuing multiple foreign military sales contracts for programs including Boeing's Small Diameter Bomb Increment I, Raytheon's Advanced Medium-Range Air-to-Air Missile and Northrop Grumman's Large Aircraft Infrared Counter-Measures system.

Daily News | January 05, 2018

A new consortium of defense contractors is in the works to advance autonomy technologies in collaboration with the Air Force Research Laboratory.

Daily News | January 04, 2018

The Air Force's intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance chief said Thursday an ISR flight plan to debut this spring will chart how the service can use current and future assets through 2035 including Aurora's developmental unmanned aircraft, Orion.

The Insider | January 03, 2018

Kirtland Air Force Base, NM, home to the Air Force Nuclear Weapons Center, will hold a nuclear deterrence operations research and development meeting with industry May 7-11, according to a recent notice.

Daily News | December 27, 2017

Running Afghanistan's Air Force will cost $13.2 billion through fiscal year 2023, largely due to a $10 billion modernization effort that will grow its inventory to more than 300 aircraft, according to the Pentagon's biannual report to Congress on the embattled country's military progress.

Daily News | December 26, 2017

Lockheed Martin last week was awarded $961 million to sustain and modernize around 700 Sniper advanced targeting pods for the Air Force over the next five years.

Daily News | December 26, 2017

Air Force researchers may launch technical studies to further understand current and future multidomain command-and-control technologies, according to a recent request for information.

Daily News | December 22, 2017

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman each secured $110 million contracts to prototype and demonstrate a low-cost, subsonic "Gray Wolf" cruise missile for the Air Force Research Laboratory, out of a pool of seven companies.

Daily News | December 22, 2017

The Air Force says Northrop Grumman hasn't improved the quality or speed of maintenance on E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System jets despite efforts to nudge the company along, although Northrop argues it is taking steps to better its workflow.

Daily News | December 15, 2017

Industry this week noted progress on a slate of Air Force weapons -- including two early-stage programs -- the Defense Department wants to add onto aircraft in the next few years.

Daily News | December 15, 2017

The Air Force is gathering ideas from industry to shape the next generation of intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities as it retires the MQ-1 Predator and looks to the future of its big-wing battle management, command-and-control and ISR platforms.

Daily News | December 15, 2017

The Joint Staff has wrapped up a Functional Capabilities Board review of an electromagnetic battle management initial capabilities document to be approved by the Joint Capabilities Board early next year, military officials recently told Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | December 14, 2017

The Air National Guard's full-time force falls a couple hundred pilots short of where it needs to be, but the Guard is in a unique position to help grow the service's pilot pipeline, according to the head of the National Guard Bureau.

Daily News | December 11, 2017

Air Force Global Strike Command will host a "concept and challenges" workshop next month to explore near-term improvements to nuclear command, control and communications.

Daily News | December 08, 2017

The Air Force is delaying its engineering and manufacturing development contract award for the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization program from March to August 2018 as companies work through evaluation notices, two industry sources told Inside Defense Friday.

Daily News | December 08, 2017

A B-2 bomber successfully flight tested Military-Code GPS using a Raytheon-built receiver for the first time during a series of four tests in June and July, Raytheon said this week.

Daily News | December 08, 2017

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told lawmakers this week the GPS III Follow-On program is an example of how the Defense Department is giving the services more leeway to manage their own acquisitions.

The Insider | December 08, 2017

The Defense Department announced this week it has added $46 million to a $13.1 million undefinitized contract awarded to Boeing in June for the E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System's digital avionics overhaul, and the previous contract's details are now final.

The Insider | December 08, 2017

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