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.

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The Insider | July 15, 2022

The Government Accountability Office has been directed to review and report on the status of Defense Department hypersonic programs, per an amendment to the fiscal year 2023 defense policy bill passed in the House this week.

The Insider | July 13, 2022

The Air Force successfully tested the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon for a second time Tuesday, the service announced today.

Daily News | July 12, 2022

Industry leaders say the Pentagon needs to do more to ensure the smaller businesses that have won Advanced Battle Management System contracts are able to scale developments to solve the military’s problems while still meeting their own economic needs.

Daily News | July 8, 2022

The Air Force is seeking information on how capable industry would be in manufacturing air-breathing engines for hypersonic weapons, according to online documents.

Daily News | July 8, 2022

The Air Force's central hub for electromagnetic spectrum capabilities ran a successful flight demonstration of two of its key programs for real-time software integration on existing platforms.

Daily News | July 5, 2022

The microchip producer for the Air Force's Small Diameter Bomb II extended its manufacturing end date by four months as the service continues negotiating to obtain all of the needed chips that will integrate military-code GPS onto the bomb.

The Insider | June 30, 2022

The Air Force's Rapid Sustainment Office is seeking industry feedback for advanced manufacturing to reduce sustainment and operational costs along with improving mission readiness.

Daily News | June 28, 2022

The Air Force will stand up its first University Affiliated Research Center focused on tactical autonomy, which will be awarded to a historically black college or university, the service announced Monday.

The Insider | June 27, 2022

BAE Systems received an 18-year, $12 billion contract to continue supporting the Air Force’s Intercontinental Ballistic Missile inventory, the company announced Monday.

The Insider | June 27, 2022

The Air Force demonstrated its new beyond line-of-sight communication system for the B-52 bomber last week, moving one step forward in an upgrade officials say is vital.

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.

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