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 | May 4, 2022

The Air Force will begin development of a new battle management system to protect air bases from airborne threats should the request in the fiscal year 2023 budget pass, according to recently released justification books.

Daily News | May 4, 2022

The Air Force awarded another $76 million to a company developing open systems architecture for an Operational Counter-small Unmanned Aircraft System.

The Insider | May 3, 2022

The Air Force released a draft request for proposals Monday for its Enterprise Cyber Capabilities program and announced it will hold a pre-solicitation conference for the program later this month.

Daily News | May 2, 2022

Survivability and quality should be the Air Force's focus, service Secretary Frank Kendall said, compared to former-Defense Secretary Gen. Jim Mattis' priority of lethality and the Cold War-era mindset of maintaining the highest quantity of platforms.

Daily News | April 29, 2022

The Air Force Research Laboratory Thursday successfully tested an airborne method of sinking ships.

The Insider | April 28, 2022

The Senate on Thursday confirmed two of President Biden's nominees for assistant Air Force secretaries.

Daily News | April 28, 2022

By divesting from legacy platforms and investing early in new capabilities, the Air Force will be able to reduce long-term costs while transforming the service to meet modern threats, Secretary Frank Kendall told the House Armed Services Committee Wednesday.

The Insider | April 27, 2022

The fixed-price development contract for Air Force One negotiated during the Trump administration created risks that Boeing shouldn’t have taken, President and CEO David Calhoun said today, which have resulted in a $660 million charge.

Daily News | April 26, 2022

The Air Force plans to move forward with Boeing’s E-7 as the service’s replacement for its aging E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System fleet.

Daily News | April 21, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- As adversaries develop new technology to prevent communication, the Space Force saw progress in one of its Protected Anti-jam Tactical Satellite Communications programs that contractor Boeing says will be able to help provide secure and assured transmissions.

Daily News | April 18, 2022

Preston Dunlap, the Air Force's first chief architect officer, will resign from his role in the coming weeks, he announced in a LinkedIn post today.

Daily News | April 12, 2022

The Air Force plans to award Lockheed Martin a sole-source procurement to continue work on the re-entry vehicle for the Ground Based Strategic Defense system's nuclear warhead, according to a notice released Tuesday.

Daily News | April 11, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Capabilities stemming from the Air Force Research Laboratory's experimental satellite could be used on future GPS III follow-on satellites if the effort proves successful, according to the program executive officer.

The Insider | April 8, 2022

To support its B-21 Raider program, the Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman $108 million in advance procurement funds to acquire long-lead items, the service announced this week.

The Insider | April 6, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- After being delayed along with the fiscal year 2022 budget, all reassigned Army and Navy units will soon complete their transfer to Space Operations Command, Lt. Gen. Stephen Whiting said.

Daily News | April 6, 2022

LITTLETON, CO -- Aiming to provide continuous capability upgrades to satellites, Lockheed Martin has released open-source plans for docking systems that would allow for autonomous, in-orbit hardware additions.

Daily News | April 5, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Speed needs to be a greater priority for industry when developing and delivering space capabilities, Chief of Space Operations Gen. John Raymond said today.

Daily News | April 5, 2022

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- U.S. Space Command will work more closely with commercial companies to more quickly integrate existing and new technology, Gen. James Dickinson told reporters here Tuesday.

Daily News | March 29, 2022

The Air Force won't seek procurement funding for one of its highest-profile hypersonic missile programs in fiscal year 2023, Maj. Gen. James Peccia said Monday.

Daily News | March 28, 2022

The Air Force is seeking billions more in funding to support several of its nuclear modernization programs that would replace Cold War-era systems, according to the service's fiscal year 2023 budget request released Monday.

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