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 | December 12, 2022

The first operational prototype of the Air-launched Rapid Response Weapon hypersonic missile completed a successful test from a B-52H Stratofortress, the Air Force announced Monday.

Daily News | December 8, 2022

The Air Force will have to track the acquisitions of materials, technologies and components associated with the service's two top nuclear modernization programs, should the defense policy bill released Tuesday pass.

Daily News | December 3, 2022

PALMDALE, CA -- In a dramatic ceremony to showcase what officials called the "future backbone" of the Air Force's bomber fleet, Northrop Grumman revealed the B-21 Raider to the public for the first time Friday.

The Insider | November 22, 2022

The Air Force will hold one-on-one meetings with businesses in January to gauge interest in and availability of new radar capabilities that can detect small drones or birds, which the service says when struck cause millions of dollars in damage each year, according to an online posting.

The Insider | November 21, 2022

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is seeking information from businesses to develop tactical autonomy for its Artificial Intelligence Reinforcements program, according to a broad agency announcement.

Daily News | November 18, 2022

The Air Force will be requesting a "significant investment" for the Collaborative Combat Aircraft effort in the coming budget request, officials leading the program said Thursday.

The Insider | November 15, 2022

The Air Force wants to reorganize its Special Access Programs to ensure better joint operations after the National Defense Strategy said departments are not organized in a way that supports rapid development and integration of new technologies.

Daily News | November 15, 2022

Air Force Global Strike Command is working with artificial intelligence business Virtualitics to develop a "center of excellence" for predictive maintenance aimed at increasing mission readiness for bombers and missile weapon systems, the company announced Tuesday.

Daily News | November 10, 2022

The Air Force's Vanguard program for developing autonomous aircraft capabilities is transitioning to the service's future Program Executive Office for the Collaborative Combat Aircraft, according to Kristen Baldwin, deputy assistant secretary for science, technology and engineering.

Daily News | November 3, 2022

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is seeking input from industry to form a consortium to execute prototyping projects for its Propulsion Directorate, according to an online posting Thursday.

Daily News | November 2, 2022

The Air Force recently released a battle management digital model, giving industry the opportunity to provide input on potential requirements as the service refines its nebulous Advanced Battle Management System concept.

Daily News | November 1, 2022

Aerojet Rocketdyne has conducted the post-boost propulsion system critical design review for the Sentinel nuclear missile program, the company said in its third quarter earnings call Tuesday morning.

Daily News | October 31, 2022

The Air Force's Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals isn't expected to complete its initial operational test and evaluation until the end of fiscal year 2023 -- three years past the originally planned completion date.

Daily News | October 28, 2022

L3Harris Technologies reduced its 2022 outlook after failing to reach expectations in its third-quarter results, the company announced in its earnings report released Thursday evening.

Daily News | October 27, 2022

Northrop Grumman expects to hit within the low end of its forecasted range for sales and profits this year, the company announced in its third quarter earnings call Thursday morning.

Daily News | October 26, 2022

Boeing lost $2.8 billion from its Defense, Space and Security business in the third quarter from fixed-price development programs, according to the company's earnings report, because of continuously rising supply chain and manufacturing costs along with "technical challenges."

The Insider | October 20, 2022

The B-21 Raider will be unveiled Dec. 2 in Palmdale, CA, in an invitation-only event, contractor Northrop Grumman announced via Twitter Thursday.

Daily News | October 19, 2022

Congressional defense authorizers and appropriators approved the Air Force’s request to reprogram about $16 million for the E-7 Wedgetail program to keep the new- start effort on track amid the continuing resolution.

The Insider | October 19, 2022

The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center is seeking information relating to rebuilding and replacing data center and Air Force base security stacks to support the service’s Zero Trust Strategy, according to an online posting of the request.

Daily News | October 13, 2022

Reaching Joint All-Domain Command and Control operationality is going to take shifting software systems toward a data-centric rather than network-centric approach along with collaboration across the Defense Department and its partners, according to the Defense Information Systems Agency director.

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