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 | August 22, 2022

The Air Force awarded Science Applications International Corp. a five-year, $319 million contract to sustain the Falconer Air Operations Center Weapon System, adding to the business' portfolio of command-and-control contracts with the service.

The Insider | August 18, 2022

U.S. Central Command is seeking technology descriptions from industry, academia and others ahead of its summit on Long Endurance Alternate Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, or LE-A2ISR, in October.

Daily News | August 16, 2022

DAYTON, OH -- Cost overruns for the Air Force's Commercial Engine Replacement Program noted during a congressional budget hearing were "taken out of context" and overstated, according to Col. Louis Ruscetta, senior materiel leader.

The Insider | August 16, 2022

Air Force Global Strike Command launched an unarmed Minuteman III intercontinental ballistic missile off the coast of California in the early morning hours Tuesday, conducting a test of the missile that has been delayed amid international conflict and posturing.

Daily News | August 11, 2022

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force's replacement for the E-3 Sentry Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft would be one of the more significant new starts impacted by a failure of Congress to pass a budget for fiscal year 2023, but the service has taken steps to mitigate delays in that instance.

Daily News | August 10, 2022

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force can improve its relationships with small businesses competing for Advanced Battle Management System contracts by bolstering its process when the service decides not to award a contract, Gen. Duke Richardson said.

Daily News | August 4, 2022

Senate appropriators could double the budget for the Air Force's program to replace its aging E-3 Airborne Warning and Control System aircraft, according to a committee mark-up of the fiscal year 2023 defense spending bill.

Daily News | August 2, 2022

The Air Force is using a Model-Based System Engineering methodology to analyze its decision-making and battle management processes, and it will release a model of those processes to industry partners later this month.

Daily News | August 2, 2022

Senate appropriators could give the Air Force funding to procure four aircraft designed for electromagnetic warfare operations, according to a committee mark-up.

Daily News | July 28, 2022

The Air Force hopes to build tighter ties with companies to field needed software capabilities and updates more quickly, Air Force Chief Information Officer Lauren Knausenberger said Tuesday.

Daily News | July 22, 2022

The new commander of the 16th Air Force, Lt. Gen. Kevin Kennedy, said collaboration and partnerships across the service, joint forces and with industry will be key focuses of his tenure.

Daily News | July 20, 2022

Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall this week laid out what he sees as the service's top modernization priorities as he prepares the fiscal year 2024 budget request, the first spending plan to be fully developed under his leadership.

The Insider | July 20, 2022

The Defense Department inspector general will begin this month evaluating the certification of three aircraft to carry the B61-12 nuclear bomb, the office announced Monday.

Daily News | July 19, 2022

The Senate Armed Services Committee in its defense policy bill would limit the number of outdated command-and-control aircraft the Air Force is allowed to retire unless the service meets requirements designed to bridge the capability gap.

The Insider | July 18, 2022

The Hypersonic Air-breathing Weapon Concept successfully completed its third test earlier this month, according to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency announced today.

The Insider | July 18, 2022

The Air Force Research Laboratory requested information from businesses for small unmanned aerial systems to be used for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and supplement kinetic strike, according to an online posting Monday.

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.

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