Sara Sirota

Sara Sirota is an associate editor for Inside the Air Force. Previously, she reported for The Hill and The Cazenovia Republican. She has a master's degree in security studies from Georgetown University's School of Foreign Service and a bachelor's degree in political science from Colgate University.

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The Insider | April 14, 2021

The Air Force has begun market research to identify potential sources that can dismantle, dispose of, and demilitarize the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile system.

The Insider | April 13, 2021

Sierra Nevada Corp. has withdrawn a Feb. 22 protest with the Government Accountability Office against an Air Force solicitation for a nearly $1 billion HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopter upgrades contract.

Daily News | April 12, 2021

The Air Force has changed its acquisition strategy for the Stand-in Attack Weapon -- a new strike capability for the F-35 -- and is no longer solely pursuing an upgrade to the extended-range variant of the Navy and Northrop Grumman's Advanced Anti-Radiation Guided Missile.

The Insider | April 7, 2021

The Air Force's Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program has completed an integrated baseline review, establishing key cost and milestone dates as the program moves forward, according to a press release issued today by GBSD prime contractor Northrop Grumman.

The Insider | April 6, 2021

The Air Force has selected Victoria Coleman, former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, as its new chief scientist.

The Insider | April 6, 2021

The Air Force's flagship boost-glide hypersonic vehicle -- the Air-Launched Rapid Response Weapon -- encountered a problem during a flight demonstration Monday and failed to launch from a B-52.

The Insider | April 5, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory has demonstrated the first release of an ALTIUS-600 small drone from an XQ-58A Valkyrie's internal weapons bay, according to a notice AFRL issued today.

The Insider | April 2, 2021

The Air Force is preparing Agility Prime electric vertical takeoff-and-landing vehicles for use in austere environments and recently proved one can fly inside an HC-130J transport aircraft ahead of an upcoming military exercise.

The Insider | April 2, 2021

An Air Force U-2 Dragon Lady last month performed the first in-flight test of DevSecOps capabilities from the Platform One enterprise services team.

Daily News | April 1, 2021

The Air Force's flagship DevSecOps team -- Platform One -- is considering a range of contractual vehicles to deepen partnerships with the defense industrial base and incentivize software companies to collaborate on new and improved enterprise services for military customers.

Daily News | April 1, 2021

The newly appointed program executive office for the Air Force's Advanced Battle Management System is planning to release a solicitation this spring for a communication capability that can be installed on the KC-46 tanker and inform future acquisition decisions.

The Insider | March 26, 2021

Sen. Edward Markey (D-MA) and Rep. Ro Khanna (D-CA) today introduced legislation that would stop further development of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent -- the military's next intercontinental ballistic missile system -- and redirect savings to fight the coronavirus and other diseases.

Daily News | March 26, 2021

Air Force Chief Software Officer Nicolas Chaillan warns inadequate funding from Congress and the Defense Department is obstructing the rollout of software development enterprise services across the military that could save the government billions of dollars down the road.

Daily News | March 22, 2021

The Air Force is aiming to restore the nearly $90 million Congress cut from its fiscal year 2021 budget proposal for the Long-Range Standoff Weapon after the service pushed one of its two main contractors out of the program.

Daily News | March 19, 2021

Sen. Jacky Rosen (D-NV), who recently joined the Senate Armed Services Committee, is urging Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to continue funding the Air Force's MQ-9 Reaper production line as he develops the Pentagon's fiscal year 2022 budget proposal.

Daily News | March 18, 2021

The Defense Department's challenges fielding a jam-resistant GPS signal is driving the Air Force to take precautionary steps to mitigate cost and schedule risks as it delivers the latest variant in the AGM-158B Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile product line.

Daily News | March 17, 2021

Congress' decision to significantly reduce the Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget proposal for the Advanced Battle Management System forced the service to limit the scope of the latest test event in Europe and cancel a major upcoming demonstration with Australia.

The Insider | March 17, 2021

The Air Force has chosen five companies that may receive contracts without full-and-open competition to field Stand-in Attack Weapon technologies on an accelerated schedule, according to a notice released today.

The Insider | March 11, 2021

The Air Force has awarded Raytheon a $178 million firm-fixed-price contract to support the service's Distributed Common Ground System enterprise, according to a contract notice the Defense Department released Wednesday.

The Insider | March 11, 2021

The Air Force is planning to test Skyborg, a gateway prototype and other emerging technologies for joint all-domain command and control during an Orange Flag exercise this June, according to a notice the service issued Thursday.

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