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 | 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.

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.

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