Shelley K. Mesch

Shelley K. Mesch joined Inside Defense as an Air Force reporter in 2022. She had previously reported on business, technology and innovation at The Salt Lake Tribune and the Wisconsin State Journal.

Archived Articles
Daily News | November 2, 2022

The Air Force recently released a battle management digital model, giving industry the opportunity to provide input on potential requirements as the service refines its nebulous Advanced Battle Management System concept.

Daily News | November 1, 2022

Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted the post-boost propulsion system critical design review for the Sentinel nuclear missile program, the company said in its third quarter earnings call Tuesday morning.

Daily News | October 31, 2022

The Air Force's Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals isn't expected to complete its initial operational test and evaluation until the end of fiscal year 2023 -- three years past the originally planned completion date.

Daily News | October 28, 2022

L3Harris Technologies reduced its 2022 outlook after failing to reach expectations in its third-quarter results, the company announced in its earnings report released Thursday evening.

Daily News | October 27, 2022

Northrop Grumman expects to hit within the low end of its forecasted range for sales and profits this year, the company announced in its third quarter earnings call Thursday morning.

Daily News | October 26, 2022

Boeing lost $2.8 billion from its Defense, Space and Security business in the third quarter from fixed-price development programs, according to the company's earnings report, because of continuously rising supply chain and manufacturing costs along with "technical challenges."

The Insider | October 20, 2022

The B-21 Raider will be unveiled Dec. 2 in Palmdale, CA, in an invitation-only event, contractor Northrop Grumman announced via Twitter Thursday.

Daily News | October 19, 2022

Congressional defense authorizers and appropriators approved the Air Force’s request to reprogram about $16 million for the E-7 Wedgetail program to keep the new- start effort on track amid the continuing resolution.

The Insider | October 19, 2022

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is seeking information relating to rebuilding and replacing data center and Air Force base security stacks to support the service’s Zero Trust Strategy, according to an online posting of the request.

Daily News | October 13, 2022

Reaching Joint All-Domain Command and Control operationality is going to take shifting software systems toward a data-centric rather than network-centric approach along with collaboration across the Defense Department and its partners, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency director.

The Insider | October 11, 2022

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board will hold a closed meeting Oct. 20 to discuss capabilities relating to artificial intelligence and the Next Generation Air Dominance family of systems, according to a Defense Department notice.

Daily News | October 6, 2022

The new commander of the Air Force's 350th Spectrum Warfare Wing said he's focusing on having the right people develop the right capabilities to speed up adoption of electromagnetic warfare as called for in the Air Force secretary's operational imperatives.

Daily News | October 6, 2022

The Air Force has asked Congress to reprogram funds from its fiscal year 2022 budget to stave off any delays a continuing resolution would have on replacing the degrading E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System.

Daily News | October 5, 2022

The Air Force released its Climate Action Plan yesterday, outlining ways to preserve operational capability and improve resiliency in the face of climate change, which threatens to damage military infrastructure and decrease operational readiness.

Daily News | September 22, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force's replacement for the ground-based nuclear missile underwent its first wind-tunnel test and is on track to conduct its first flight tests in 2024, according to Northrop Grumman's program manager.

The Insider | September 20, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force will unveil its B-21 Raider in December, acquisition chief Andrew Hunter said Monday.

Daily News | September 20, 2022

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Central Command has launched a new group charged with experimenting with off-the-shelf technologies to identify capabilities that can be used in the Middle East theater.

The Insider | September 19, 2022

The Air Force has appointed a program executive officer to integrate Command, Control, Communications and Battle Management capabilities across the service, according to a news release posted Monday

The Insider | September 8, 2022

The Defense Department and the director of national intelligence's office need to update guidelines and regulations relating to the acquisition of commercial satellite imagery and other data, according to a report from the Government Accountability Office.

Daily News | September 7, 2022

The Air Force's fiscal year 2024 budget request will include further divestments from aging aircraft to make way for next-generation platforms and programs, service Secretary Frank Kendall said today.

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