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 | June 23, 2022

The House Armed Services Committee has passed a fiscal year 2023 defense authorization bill that would order several studies on and limitations of Defense Department efforts to modernize the nuclear triad.

Daily News | June 22, 2022

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee won’t “rubber stamp” nuclear modernization spending proposed by the Air Force, according to a report accompanying the subcommittee’s fiscal year 2023 defense spending bill.

The Insider | June 7, 2022

The House Armed Services cyber subcommittee is calling for a Government Accountability Office review of the Air Force's modernization efforts for Link 16.

Daily News | May 26, 2022

The National Nuclear Security Administration will not be able to meet demands for plutonium pit production within the timeline called for by Congress, the Energy Department's Under Secretary for Nuclear Security Jill Hruby recently told Congress.

Daily News | May 20, 2022

A crucial software development arm of the Air Force received approval to use a relatively new Software Acquisition Pathway that will allow it to advance technology to warfighters more quickly.

Daily News | May 19, 2022

The Air Force One replacement could now be delayed up to 36 months, potentially adding another year to the embattled program's timeline, the Air Force acquisition chief said Thursday.

The Insider | May 17, 2022

The Air Force Research Laboratory is seeking information from industry on the capability and capacity for domestic production of position, navigation and guidance components for hypersonic systems, according to an online solicitation posted this month.

The Insider | May 17, 2022

The Air Force successfully tested its Air-launched Rapid Response hypersonic missile Saturday, the service announced this week.

The Insider | May 16, 2022

The Defense Department announced today it has renewed the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

The Insider | May 9, 2022

The Defense Department is seeking to modify existing laws to allow it to protect overseas facilities from unmanned aircraft systems, according to a recently released batch of legislative proposals.

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.

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