Vanessa Montalbano

Vanessa Montalbano joined Inside Defense as an Air Force reporter in January 2024. She previously reported on climate change and energy politics for The Climate 202 newsletter at The Washington Post.

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Daily News | June 13, 2024

The future of the Next Generation Air Dominance aircraft is hanging in the balance after Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin today appeared non-committal to the sixth-generation Lfighter program

The Insider | June 13, 2024

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has selected software company EpiSci in partnership with PhysicsAI to develop the first version of “tactical artificial intelligence algorithms for missionized, team-based air combat,” the company announced on Wednesday.

Daily News | June 12, 2024

The Collaborative Combat Aircraft program would see a roughly $25.7 million cut in fiscal year 2025 compared to the Air Force's $559 million request, according to a draft spending bill from the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

Daily News | June 12, 2024

The Air Force may be allowed to pursue planned divestments of legacy aircraft to boost funds for innovation, but the service should "better balance near-term readiness with modernization for the future" in upcoming budget requests through at least 2028, according to a draft version of the fiscal year 2025 defense spending bill from the House Appropriations defense subcommittee.

The Insider | June 6, 2024

Skunk Works, a subset of defense prime Lockheed Martin, has “successfully” demonstrated artificial intelligence in air-to-air tactical intercept scenarios, the company said Wednesday. (UPDATED)

The Insider | June 4, 2024

Electric aviation company Joby today acquired the autonomy division of Xwing, a start-up that has worked with the Air Force Research Laboratory on several unmanned cargo missions since it was founded in 2016.

Daily News | June 4, 2024

The Air Force on Tuesday indicated it is planning to prepare environmental impact statements to bring two major aircraft programs to Kingsley Field Air National Guard Base, OR, and Vance Air Force Base, OK.

Daily News | May 30, 2024

Without a clear commitment from the Air Force to replace retiring A-10 Thunderbolt IIs at Selfridge Air National Guard Base, MI, with another fighter mission, a Michigan congressman is now asking the Army to deliver AH-64E Apache helicopters to the installation, according to documents shared exclusively with Inside Defense.

The Insider | May 29, 2024

The Air Force is asking industry whether it can construct a sturdy shelter fit to protect F-15E Strike Eagles from small unmanned aerial systems, according to a request for information posted today.

Daily News | May 24, 2024

The House Armed Services Committee is willing to "impose consequences" on Lockheed Martin if the company isn't able to swiftly remedy compounding issues causing delays in software development and deliveries of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, a senior congressional aide told Inside Defense on Thursday.

The Insider | May 23, 2024

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed Melissa Dalton by a 56-39 vote to be the new Air Force under secretary, filling a role that hasn't had a permanent successor in over a year.

The Insider | May 23, 2024

The House Armed Services Committee on Wednesday quietly approved an amendment to the defense policy bill to buy two more C-130J Super Hercules via a voice vote on a package of amendments.

Daily News | May 22, 2024

The struggling F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program is at the top of mind for several House Armed Services Committee members, who have introduced a number of amendments meant to check rising aircraft sustainment costs and accelerate long-delayed software modernization.

Daily News | May 22, 2024

Legislation approved by the House Armed Services Committee for the fiscal year 2025 defense policy bill is taking aim at the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's acquisition strategy, which has for decades given Lockheed Martin complete control over the system's technological intellectual property and mechanical parts.

Daily News | May 17, 2024

Congress is slowly becoming comfortable with retirements of legacy aircraft, especially the A-10 Warthog, but first it wants the Air Force to consider ways it can use "existing aircraft to a greater advantage," Rep. Rob Wittman (R-VA) told Inside Defense Thursday evening.

Daily News | May 16, 2024

The Joint Program Office for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will release a new Acquisition Program Baseline and Selected Acquisition Report for the fifth-generation fighter in July, the Government Accountability Office said Thursday, suggesting the Pentagon’s largest acquisition program yet is getting even costlier.

Daily News | May 14, 2024

At least one of the four Over-The-Horizon Radar systems planned for Canadian soil will be in the country's southern region, Canada's Defence Minister Bill Blair said Monday.

Daily News | May 13, 2024

The Air Force in September will release a dramatic, three-phased plan to overhaul its depots to be better equipped for a potential fight with a near-peer adversary, formally dubbed "The Air Force Depot Infrastructure Optimization Plan," a service spokesperson told Inside Defense May 9.

Daily News | May 8, 2024

In the last month, several Russian aircraft have attempted to enter North American airspace from the East for the first time in two or three years, a senior defense official told a group of reporters at the Pentagon today.

Daily News | May 7, 2024

As the military moves to maximize interoperability to prepare for a potential fight with a near-peer adversary, the services and industry need to "adapt together," Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Allvin said Tuesday.

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