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 | November 30, 2023

The B-52 Systems Program Office ineffectively managed diminishing manufacturing sources and material shortages and subsequently didn't adequately prevent or respond to spare part shortages for the legacy platform, a Defense Department inspector general report found.

The Insider | November 29, 2023

U.S. Strategic Command wants to leverage the commercial gaming industry to bolster the Defense Department's electromagnetic spectrum capabilities.

Daily News | November 16, 2023

The Air Force Scientific Advisory Board has recommended several ways for the service to advance the use of responsible artificial intelligence for supporting combat engagements.

Daily News | November 15, 2023

The Air Force plans to establish an experimental operations unit next year to assess how Collaborative Combat Aircraft will work within fighter squadrons, the head of Air Force Futures said today.

The Insider | November 14, 2023

The Air Force is looking to recapitalize its executive airlift fleet with two to 10 modified commercial aircraft.

Daily News | November 13, 2023

The Sentinel intercontinental ballistic missile program might be the largest effort undertaken by the Air Force, service Secretary Frank Kendall said today, but it may be at risk of further disruptions.

Daily News | November 13, 2023

The Air Force will run three tabletop exercises on the service’s readiness to transition to a wartime posture in an effort to build one of Secretary Frank Kendall's Operational Imperatives into the fiscal year 2026 program objective memorandum.

Daily News | November 10, 2023

The B-21 Raider nuclear bomber is running flight tests, an Air Force spokeswoman confirmed to Inside Defense today.

Daily News | November 9, 2023

F-15EX Eagle II jets will cost between $90 million and $97 million each, according to the Air Force, after the service awarded Boeing a $3.9 billion contract for 48 of the fighters.

Daily News | November 6, 2023

The Air Force "must now follow through" on the plans set in motion by previous service leaders, newly confirmed Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin told airmen in a letter Monday.

The Insider | November 2, 2023

The Senate confirmed Gen. David Allvin as the Air Force chief of staff today by a 95-1 vote.

The Insider | November 2, 2023

The Air Force is investigating an anomaly from a test launch of the Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile early yesterday morning.

The Insider | November 1, 2023

The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin close to $1 billion to build a reentry vehicle for the Sentinel Intercontinental Ballistic Missile System, the Defense Department announced Monday.

Daily News | October 27, 2023

The Defense Department is seeking a modern-variant, nuclear gravity bomb, which it has designated the B61-13, the department announced today.

Daily News | October 27, 2023

L3Harris Technologies plans to use $216 million in Defense Production Act funding to boost capacity and long-term growth at recently acquired Aerojet Rocketdyne, executives said today.

The Insider | October 26, 2023

The Defense Department has yet to implement more than a dozen recommendations from the Government Accountability Office to improve oversight and monitoring of its nuclear enterprise, according to a report released today.

Daily News | October 26, 2023

The continuing war in Ukraine and increasing geopolitical tensions elsewhere has led to increased sales for Northrop Grumman, which reported a record backlog of $84 billion during its third-quarter earnings call today.

The Insider | October 25, 2023

The Air Force is conducting "ground taxi activities" with the B-21 Raider ahead of the bomber's first flight, the service said.

The Insider | October 25, 2023

The F-35 Joint Program Office doesn't expect much of an impact to the Joint Strike Fighter fleet due to the powdered metal contamination problem found in some of supplier Pratt & Whitney's commercial engines.

Daily News | October 23, 2023

Lockheed Martin has dropped out of the running for the next phase of the KC-135 tanker recapitalization effort, propping up Boeing's chances to extend its KC-36 Pegasus delivery order.

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