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Audrey Decker

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Audrey Decker
Audrey Decker is the air warfare reporter for Defense One. She previously reported for Inside Defense, where she reported on the Navy and emerging defense technology. She's a graduate of the University of Maryland.
Threats

DOD: Russia’s use of Starlink will be a ‘continuous problem’ in Ukraine

The Pentagon and SpaceX have been working together to shut off Russia’s use of Starlink.

Policy

House authorizers: cut F-35 purchases to fix problems

Their version of the defense policy bill would reduce the Pentagon’s 2025 purchase by 10 jets.

Science & Tech

B-2 that caught fire in 2022 won’t be fixed, Air Force confirms

That will leave just 19 of the stealth bombers, according to the service’s new force-structure plan.

Threats

Expect Air Force’s new requirements command to launch this year, chief says

Gen. Allvin says Integrated Capabilities Command will draw 500 to 800 people, many from major commands’ requirements offices.

Threats

Chinese satellites are breaking the US 'monopoly' on long-range targeting

China “has rapidly advanced in space in a way that few people can appreciate,” Space Force official says.

Threats

Russian space nuke could render low-Earth orbit unusable for a year, US official says

Pentagon’s space-policy leader noted with concern Moscow’s recent veto of a UN resolution against putting nuclear weapons in space.

Policy

Everyone’s V-22s are flying again—and may do so past 2060

As all services emerge from March’s grounding, the program’s manager lays out long-term plans.

Policy

Air Force declares major cost breach for new helicopter program

The service wants to halve its buy of the helicopter, which is driving up per-unit costs.

Business

Anduril, General Atomics win more USAF money to develop robot wingmen

But the giants they beat out are welcome to pitch self-developed drones for production contracts.

Business

RTX moves away from competing as a prime for space contracts

COO: “We've got some other strengths in some of the key components that go in the prime satellites and buses.”

Threats

China’s new stealth bomber ‘nowhere near as good’ as US’s, intel official says

U.S. could win a war with China today, but would suffer heavy losses, the official told reporters.

Science & Tech

An AI took on a human pilot in a DARPA-sponsored dogfight

Last September's tests are informing the Air Force’s effort to build autonomous drones.