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
The Insider | November 8, 2019

Two HH-60W Combat Rescue Helicopters have arrived at Eglin Air Force Base, FL, to begin developmental testing with the 413th Flight Test Squadron, according to an Air Force press release.

Daily News | November 8, 2019

The Air Force will test whether an F-22 and F-35 can communicate via a secure data link during a demonstration that’s expected to occur in December, according to a senior official.

Daily News | November 7, 2019

The National Nuclear Security Administration has already begun rebalancing its internal projects in response to the ongoing continuing resolution that keeps federal funding at fiscal year 2019 levels, according to a senior Energy Department official.

Daily News | November 6, 2019

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein is warning about the risks that a potential six-month or yearlong continuing resolution could pose to planned new-start programs, production increases and military construction projects.

Daily News | November 5, 2019

The total value of the Air Force's foreign military sales in fiscal year 2019 was $17 billion, about 53% more than the $11.1 billion in aircraft and weaponry the service sold to other countries the previous year, according to an Air Force security assistance official.

The Insider | November 1, 2019

The State Department has approved a possible $4.5 billion foreign military sale to upgrade no more than 98 F-15J aircraft to a Japanese Super Interceptor configuration, according to a Defense Security Cooperation Agency notice sent to Congress on Oct. 29.

The Insider | October 31, 2019

The Air Force Research Lab's munitions directorate today released a broad agency announcement that will support contracts for studies and experimentation with a cumulative value of up to $750 million.

Daily News | October 30, 2019

The program to develop a reentry vehicle that can deliver the future W87-1 warhead from the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent -- the Air Force's next intercontinental ballistic missile system -- is expected to reach a key early milestone in the beginning of the next calendar year.

Daily News | October 30, 2019

The supplier of one of the world's most frequently bought air-to-air missiles is not altering its production strategy in response to the Air Force's stated plan to cut procurement in favor of a longer-range weapon that's under development with another company. 

Daily News | October 29, 2019

The Air Force's Pilot Training Next program -- intended to establish an accelerated student curriculum by leveraging biometric data and artificial intelligence -- has begun executing a new partnership with NASA ahead of the program’s third iteration, set to begin in January.

The Insider | October 28, 2019

The Air Force is reaching out to industry suppliers who can provide data science support as part of a multiple-award, indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract with a potential total value of up to $100 million to $500 million.

Daily News | October 25, 2019

The recently revealed schedule deferral and cost increase to the B61-12 warhead life extension program are not affecting the production schedule of its tailkit assembly effort, which will deliver its first flyable units in January, well within the established time frame.

The Insider | October 25, 2019

The Air Force is holding a pitch day for small businesses to present technologies that can support the transition of the service's two major hypersonics prototype efforts into production.

Daily News | October 24, 2019

Following the Air Force's decision to stop funding Boeing's contract supporting the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent program, the company has transitioned its employees to other internal jobs and issued a stop-work order to its suppliers.

Daily News | October 24, 2019

The effort to replace the Mk21 reentry vehicle fuze -- intended to be deployed on the Air Force's legacy and future intercontinental ballistic missile systems -- is being rebaselined as a result of technical issues with energy storage components called capacitors.

Daily News | October 22, 2019

The Air Force has informed Boeing it will no longer provide funding toward the company's ongoing contract for the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent, essentially ending its work supporting the nuclear program.

The Insider | October 18, 2019

A developmental robotic pilot system that was damaged in a mishap two months ago will return to flight next March, according to an Air Force Research Laboratory official.

Daily News | October 18, 2019

The Air Force's directed-energy experimentation campaign has started another round of counter-drone testing with five different systems that management officials are exploring for an anticipated program of record.

The Insider | October 17, 2019

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a $108 million contract for the Mk21A reentry vehicle -- a platform that's intended to deliver the W87-1 warhead from the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent system.

The Insider | October 16, 2019

The Skyborg program office is requesting white papers for a software-centric system design agent that can facilitate a modular, open-architecture approach in which the government has unlimited data rights.

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