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
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.

The Insider | September 7, 2022

Air Force Global Strike Command launched an unarmed intercontinental ballistic missile early Wednesday morning, the second test in as many months.

Daily News | September 6, 2022

All-domain warfare with a focus on denial is going to be key to future conflicts around the globe, Air Force Deputy Chief of Staff for Strategy, Integration and Requirements Lt. Gen. S. Clinton Hinote said while reflecting on lessons learned during the ongoing war in Ukraine.

The Insider | September 2, 2022

The Air Force is requesting input on its Surveillance Radar Program in Taiwan to extend the range of the Early Warning Radar.

The Insider | August 26, 2022

The B-2 Spirit Stealth bomber successfully released a long-range missile during a test, contractor Northrop Grumman announced Thursday.

Daily News | August 22, 2022

The Air Force awarded Science Applications International Corp. a five-year, $319 million contract to sustain the Falconer Air Operations Center Weapon System, adding to the business' portfolio of command-and-control contracts with the service.

The Insider | August 18, 2022

U.S. Central Command is seeking technology descriptions from industry, academia and others ahead of its summit on Long Endurance Alternate Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or LE-A2ISR, in October.

Daily News | August 16, 2022

DAYTON, OH -- Cost overruns for the Air Force's Commercial Engine Replacement Program noted during a congressional budget hearing were "taken out of context" and overstated, according to Col. Louis Ruscetta, senior materiel leader.

The Insider | August 16, 2022

Air Force Global Strike Command launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile off the coast of California in the early morning hours Tuesday, conducting a test of the missile that has been delayed amid international conflict and posturing.

Daily News | August 11, 2022

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force's replacement for the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft would be one of the more significant new starts impacted by a failure of Congress to pass a budget for fiscal year 2023, but the service has taken steps to mitigate delays in that instance.

Daily News | August 10, 2022

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force can improve its relationships with small businesses competing for Advanced Battle Management System contracts by bolstering its process when the service decides not to award a contract, Gen. Duke Richardson said.

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