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 | May 17, 2023

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is seeking to prevent the Air National Guard from closing any fighter squadrons.

Daily News | May 9, 2023

The Air Force and Space Force will review all of its science and technology development programs for viability, service Secretary Frank Kendall said Tuesday.

Daily News | May 4, 2023

The commander of Air Force Global Strike Command is "cautiously optimistic" the service will be able to field Sentinel nuclear missile capabilities on the current timeline despite schedule concerns raised in recent weeks.

The Insider | May 4, 2023

Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach will take over as commander of Air Combat Command, pending Senate confirmation, the Defense Department announced Thursday.

Daily News | May 3, 2023

Skilled and craft worker hiring and retention remain the biggest hurdle to reaching the National Nuclear Security Administration's nuclear pit production goals, Administrator Jill Hruby told Congress Wednesday.

Daily News | May 2, 2023

The Air Force will send dozens of airmen to Australia this year to train on the E-7 Wedgetail to help the service prepare for fielding that aircraft in fiscal year 2027, Chief of Staff Gen. Charles Brown told lawmakers Tuesday.

The Insider | May 2, 2023

General Atomics Aeronautical Systems will build four MQ-9B SkyGuardian drones for Taiwan under a foreign military sales contract worth up to $217.6 million, according to a Defense Department contract notice posted Monday.

The Insider | May 1, 2023

The Air Force is beginning research into its Next Generation Reentry Vehicle for the LGM-35A Sentinel nuclear missile, according to a request for information posted last week.

Daily News | April 28, 2023

L3Harris Technologies executives are confident that the company's $4.7 billion acquisition of Aerojet Rocketdyne will go through this year despite a delay last month, CEO Chris Kubasik said Friday.

The Insider | April 27, 2023

The Sentinel nuclear missile system is still on track to reach initial operational capability by the end of the decade, Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall told lawmakers Thursday, but that schedule is at risk.

Daily News | April 27, 2023

Funding increases requested in the Defense Department's fiscal year 2024 budget reflect good opportunities for revenue growth for some of Northrop Grumman's key programs, executives said during the company's first-quarter earnings call Thursday morning.

Daily News | April 26, 2023

Air Combat Command has set the requirements for the first of its Collaborative Combat Aircraft, the uncrewed platform being designed to autonomously operate and partner with existing and future platforms, a top service official said Wednesday.

Daily News | April 25, 2023

Though currently not planned, the Air Force is open to adding new aircraft to its bomber fleet in future years if it finds the B-21 Raider is unable to counter an emerging capability, Deputy Chief of Staff for Plans and Programs Lt. Gen. Richard Moore told lawmakers last week.

Daily News | April 24, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Space Force is developing its concept of operations for the Ground Moving Target Indicator satellite system, Chief of Space Operations Gen. Chance Saltzman told reporters last week at the Space Symposium.

Daily News | April 19, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Space has an overclassification problem that is hindering collaboration efforts with allies and industry, officials said this week at Space Symposium.

Daily News | April 19, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Wednesday pushed for the passage of a legislative proposal that would allow the Defense Department to get a head start on research before securing new-start approvals from Congress.

Daily News | April 18, 2023

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- U.S. Space Command is on track to reach full operational capability later this year, SPACECOM Commander Gen. James Dickinson said Tuesday morning at the Space Symposium.

Daily News | April 13, 2023

The Air Force is yet again seeking to divest A-10 and F-22 aircraft it says are unsuitable for future fights, despite past congressional opposition, according to a recent bundle of legislative proposals from the Defense Department.

Daily News | April 13, 2023

The close-air support capabilities of the aging A-10 fleet don't mean much if the jets get shot down before reaching front lines, Air Combat Command chief Gen. Mark Kelly said, which is why he thinks the service's budget should be focused on fifth- and sixth-generation capabilities.

The Insider | April 13, 2023

The Air Force is seeking what it's calling Next Generation Countermeasures for its current and future reentry vehicles for the LGM-35A Sentinel nuclear missile system, according to an online posting from the service.

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