Sara Sirota

Sara Sirota was an associate editor for Inside the Air Force until April 2021. 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.

Archived Articles
Daily News | April 16, 2020

A congressional watchdog is warning the Air Force's decision to bypass the traditional requirements process for the Advanced Battle Management System poses several development risks.

Daily News | April 16, 2020

The VC-25B program that's building the next Air Force One has completed its critical design review -- a key milestone on the path to delivering the aircraft that will transport the president around the world.

Daily News | April 15, 2020

The Air Force's short-lived Gray Wolf program -- intended to create a networked cruise missile capability -- is planning up to two captive carriage flights and two launch and missile flight tests with a Northrop Grumman-built truck over the next several months.

Daily News | April 14, 2020

Air Force Ventures has teamed up with the Pentagon's industrial policy office to collect ideas on unique ways to help the COVID-19 national response effort and has already received a number of unexpected pitches, like drones that can support logistics missions.

The Insider | April 13, 2020

The Air Force is planning a virtual launch event later this month for its new Agility Prime program that aims to accelerate growth in and leverage technology from the transformative vertical flight market, the service announced today.

Daily News | April 9, 2020

Air Force Global Strike Command has chosen the service's Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon as its hypersonic system of choice, rather than the scramjet-enabled prototype the military's experimental research agency has been developing.

The Insider | April 8, 2020

The Air Force's new search-and-rescue aircraft that will replace the HH-60G Pave Hawk finished a month-long "trial of extremes" April 2, the service announced today.

The Insider | April 7, 2020

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $167 million contract for 48 Long-Range Anti-Ship Missiles on behalf of the service and the Navy, according to a Defense Department announcement today.

Daily News | April 7, 2020

The Air Force Research Laboratory is making changes to existing contracts to maximize teleworking and ensure mission-essential personnel can continue their operations during the COVID-19 national emergency.

The Insider | April 3, 2020

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $512 million contract to build eight F-16 fighter jets for Bulgaria -- the latest in a growing list of international customers buying the upgraded Block 70 aircraft, according to a Defense Department notice released Thursday.

The Insider | April 1, 2020

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin an $818 million contract to produce 790 extended-range variants of the Joint Air-to-Surface Standoff Missile (JASSM-ER), according to a notice the Defense Department released today.

Daily News | March 31, 2020

The Hypersonic Conventional Strike Weapon, one of two Air Force programs intended to create a prototype that can travel faster than Mach 5 to boost the military’s strategic assets for near-peer competition, has officially been canceled.

Daily News | March 31, 2020

After a major uptick in foreign military sales last year, the Air Force expects to make even more deals moving forward, in large part driven by increased demand for fourth-generation aircraft.

Daily News | March 30, 2020

The Skyborg vanguard program is ready to move beyond experimentation and release a solicitation to industry, according to the Air Force's acquisition executive.

Daily News | March 27, 2020

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said today the service has stood up a COVID-19 acquisition task force to support industry and address concerns with program execution.

Daily News | March 24, 2020

The Air Force completed a key milestone last month in the development of a new reentry vehicle that will deliver the W87-1 warhead from the military's next-generation intercontinental ballistic missile system, the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent.

Daily News | March 23, 2020

Two years after the 2018 National Defense Strategy shifted priorities to near-peer competition, the Air Force is making sweeping changes to its tactical missile acquisition portfolio, divesting from small munitions programs the military spent years building up to support counterterrorism operations.

Daily News | March 20, 2020

The National Nuclear Security Administration didn't provide enough funding to support the initial portion of the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent's warhead modification program -- resulting in a larger fiscal year 2021 budget request than expected.

Daily News | March 19, 2020

The Defense Department is just getting started on its push for nuclear command, control and communications modernization, and according to one three-star Air Force general, a major focus is integration with conventional battle management.

Daily News | March 18, 2020

The Small Diameter Bomb II's unit cost grew high enough to trigger a Nunn-McCurdy breach in the fall because, according to the Air Force's acquisition chief, the other military services and foreign partners have not bought as many as expected.

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