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 | October 19, 2023

The Air Force is seeking proposals to develop and prototype multifunctional, maneuverable sensors to enable battle management command and control, terminal air traffic control and threat responses.

The Insider | October 18, 2023

The Air Force is looking for ways to ensure recovery teams have secure data-sharing and communications beyond the line of sight in contested environments as the service implements its Agile Combat Employment strategy.

Daily News | October 5, 2023

The U.S. defense industry needs to invest in antifragility measures to improve resilience during this time of rising geopolitical tension, Lockheed Martin CEO Jim Taiclet said, which will require government buy-in.

Daily News | October 3, 2023

The Defense Department may finally make a full-rate production decision for its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter before the end of the year, but operating and sustaining costs are now expected to top $1.5 trillion over the platform's lifetime.

Daily News | September 21, 2023

The Defense Department needs to reassess its approach to F-35 Joint Strike Fighter sustainment to boost its mission-capable rates to program goals, according to a Government Accountability Office report released Thursday.

Daily News | September 19, 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force's Agile Combat Employment concept for basing will need more funding for logistics as it aims to improve resiliency in the Indo-Pacific, Pacific Air Forces Commander Gen. Kenneth Wilsbach told reporters.

The Insider | September 15, 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The updated delivery date of Technology Refresh 3-equipped F-35 Joint Strike Fighters is "not low-risk," Air Combat Command Commander Gen. Mark Kelly told reporters this week.

Daily News | September 14, 2023

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Allvin laid out key dates on the service's major acquisition programs this week in his written testimony to the Senate, which held a hearing for his nomination as chief of staff.

Daily News | September 11, 2023

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall used his keynote speech at an Air and Space Forces Association conference Monday to call on Congress to pass a budget and for Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL) to lift his blockade of military nominations. (UPDATED)

Daily News | September 6, 2023

The delivery of Technology Refresh 3-equipped F-35 Joint Strike Fighters may not begin until June, accounting for an even further slip in the hardware and software upgrade's schedule.

The Insider | September 6, 2023

Lt. Gen. James Slife has been nominated as Air Force vice chief of staff, succeeding Gen. David Allvin, who has been nominated to chief of staff.

Daily News | September 1, 2023

The Air Force misused the middle tier of acquisition pathway for its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program because it misinterpreted the stage at which procurement funds could be used, according to a Defense Department inspector general report released this week.

Daily News | August 31, 2023

Fully implementing the Air Force's Agile Combat Employment concept in the Indo-Pacific will require large upfront investments to better defend proliferated bases, an Air Force official said this week at the Mitchell Institute.

Daily News | August 30, 2023

The Space Development Agency on Thursday will launch the second round of Tranche 0 satellites for its Proliferated Warfighter Space Architecture, though another launch will be needed for the final few satellites. (UPDATED)

Daily News | August 18, 2023

Ukraine's Air Force may not become proficient with F-16 fighter jets for four or five years, a top U.S. Air Force official said Friday morning, and the aircraft won't be a "silver bullet" for the country to gain air superiority as it fights off Russia's invasion.

The Insider | August 15, 2023

The Air Force has a new chief information officer, according to a service official, following the departure of Lauren Knausenberger in June.

Daily News | August 10, 2023

The Air Force laid out part of its baseline infrastructure for its contribution to the Joint All Domain Command and Control effort by describing its needs for a content delivery network in a request for information posted Wednesday.

Daily News | August 9, 2023

DAYTON, OH -- The U.S. will benefit from the kinks in the manufacturing and supply chain for the E-7 Wedgetail that are being worked out by the U.K., which has faced rising procurement costs on its version of the aircraft, senior materiel leaders told reporters last week.

The Insider | August 4, 2023

DAYTON, OH -- Compared to the previous five-year average, Air Force foreign military sales are up more than 10% with two months still left in fiscal year 2023, officials told reporters this week.

Daily News | August 3, 2023

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force will fund prototypes of the Next Generation Adaptive Propulsion engine from both General Electric and Pratt & Whitney, a change from the previous plan of prototyping just one engine.

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