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.

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The Insider | February 4, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory has awarded Invictus International Consulting a $98 million contract for modeling, simulation and testing of cyber technologies to support both the service and wider Defense Department.

The Insider | February 2, 2021

The Air Force is looking to ramp up production orders of the 2,000 lb. BLU-137/B penetrator warhead assemblies from 3,500 to a maximum of 5,500 weapons per year to meet "demanding" inventory needs, according to a sources-sought notice the service released today.

Daily News | January 27, 2021

Air Force Chief of Staff Charles Brown today gave a harsh indictment of war planners' neglect to defend U.S. dominance in the electromagnetic spectrum and has his eyes set on the fiscal year 2023 budget proposal to ramp up investments to counter surging threats from near-peer adversaries.

The Insider | January 27, 2021

The Air Force plans to host an industry day Feb. 4 for the prime contract to develop the Ground Based Strategic Deterrent intercontinental ballistic missile's Mk21A re-entry vehicles.

The Insider | January 26, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to spend up to $99 million on multiple contracts investigating electro-optical and radio frequency sensor technology, according to a notice released today.

The Insider | January 25, 2021

A Parsons-led industry team has submitted a proposal for a $953 million contract to strengthen U.S. Air Force base defense in Europe and Africa over 10 years, according to a press statement the company released today.

The Insider | January 22, 2021

The Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $3.6 billion contract for Battlefield Airborne Communications Node research, operations and sustainment, according to a Defense Department notice released Thursday.

Daily News | January 21, 2021

The Air Force is arguing Anduril Industries' Nov. 16 protest with the Government Accountability Office against an Advanced Battle Management System contract task order falls outside the watchdog's jurisdiction and should thus be dismissed, according to a source familiar with the procurement.

The Insider | January 21, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory recently demonstrated an emerging digital twin capability that uses artificial intelligence and the Advanced Battle Management System network to update weapons' software and improve their performance mid-flight.

Daily News | January 19, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory is fixing its software processes for the next flight test of the experimental Golden Horde swarming weapons capability after an unforeseen error hindered successful airstrikes last month, according to Col. Garry Haase, commander of AFRL's munitions directorate.

Daily News | January 14, 2021

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper is responding to intense congressional pushback against his bypassing of the traditional requirements process for his prized Advanced Battle Management System by signing a formal acquisition strategy ahead of President-elect Biden's inauguration.

Daily News | January 14, 2021

Pentagon chief weapons tester Robert Behler warns the MH-139A Grey Wolf program's continued delays obtaining a military flight release is not only driving the Air Force to rely on suboptimal, contractor-led testing but potentially jeopardizing the milestone C decision to begin production.

Daily News | January 12, 2021

The Air Force's decision last year to bet on Raytheon to build the multibillion-dollar Long Range Standoff Weapon and later remove Lockheed Martin from the program entirely may have come down to inferior design performance by the latter company.

The Insider | January 8, 2021

The Golden Horde program flew a "collaborative autonomy" payload on Small Diameter Bombs for the first time last month but ran into a software update issue that drove the weapons to strike a failsafe target, the Air Force announced in a press release Thursday.

Daily News | January 7, 2021

Air Force Chief Software Officer Nicolas Chaillan has demanded a heightened defense posture following the recent massive SolarWinds breach and warns the service is bound to be a major target for cyberattacks in the years ahead.

Daily News | January 4, 2021

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is in discussions with several military organizations to eventually take over its Gremlins drone program, but recent setbacks have delayed any transition to 2023 at the earliest.

Daily News | December 31, 2020

The Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System program will soon begin testing a new key engine component and install updated pylons on the E-8C aircraft as part of a broader effort to mitigate the 1960s-era jet's many sustainment challenges.

Daily News | December 23, 2020

The Air Force's new search-and-rescue helicopter program is running about two months behind schedule to achieve key milestones as a result of reduced testing site availability and production-related issues amid the COVID-19 pandemic, service spokesman Brian Brackens told Inside Defense.

The Insider | December 22, 2020

The Air Force has partnered with Volansi, a logistics company providing vertical-takeoff-and-landing drones, to support the Skyborg autonomous aircraft program, the Defense Department announced Monday.

The Insider | December 21, 2020

Lawmakers delivered a major blow to Air Force leadership today by stripping nearly half the funding the service requested to develop the Advanced Battle Management System in their fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill.

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