Courtney Albon

Courtney Albon is Inside the Air Force's managing editor. She has covered the Air Force since 2012, reporting largely on space programs and fighter aircraft acquisition, development and budget from inside Capitol Hill, the Pentagon, and from military installations around the United States. Courtney previously worked as a general assignment reporter at The Ashland Times-Gazette in Ashland, OH, covering education and local government. She graduated from American University in 2008, where she studied journalism and sociology.

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Daily News | September 18, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- A U.S. Transportation Command-led mobility and capability requirements study has been delayed until later this year as the Pentagon works to incorporate additional threat-based planning data into the scope of the review.

Daily News | September 17, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force estimates establishing a new space service would cost $12.9 billion from fiscal years 2020 to 2025 and require an additional 13,000 personnel, according to a new memo obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | September 17, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced today the service will grow its total number of operational squadrons from 312 to 386 -- a 25 percent increase it plans to implement between fiscal years 2025 and 2030.

Daily News | September 14, 2018

The Air Force formally announced today it has awarded GPS III incumbent Lockheed Martin a sole-source contract worth up to $7.2 billion to develop 22 follow-on satellites.

Daily News | September 14, 2018

The Air Force announced this week a number of efforts to address an uptick in unexplained physiological events experienced by training pilots, including a redesign of the T-6 onboard oxygen-generating system and adoption of new maintenance procedures.

Daily News | September 14, 2018

The F-35 joint program office expects to start its first formal operational testing events in November, after Director of Operational Test & Evaluation Robert Behler directed the program to hold off on starting the tests until the newest version of software is available to the test aircraft fleet.

Daily News | September 13, 2018

DAYTON, OH -- The head of Air Combat Command said this week the fiscal year 2020 budget will see additional funding for key training capabilities to support readiness -- like improved threat emitters for F-35 training, contracted adversary air support and additional flying hours -- but hinted the service continues to face difficult decisions about how to balance the need for near-term readiness with investment in more future-looking training technology.

Daily News | September 13, 2018

DAYTON, OH -- The program executive officer in charge of the Air Force's fighter and bomber fleets said this week his directorate is facing a significant modernization bow wave that is making it difficult to balance aircraft availability with the need for improved capability for an aging workhorse fleet.

Daily News | September 13, 2018

DAYTON, OH -- As the Air Force looks for opportunities to use new rapid prototyping authorities, the service's acquisition executive said this week he's concerned early failures could lead to pushback from within the service and from lawmakers.

The Insider | September 11, 2018

The Air Force this week awarded Boeing a $2.9 billion contract for the fourth KC-46 tanker production lot, which includes 18 new refuelers slated for deliver by 2022.

The Insider | September 07, 2018

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency today announced plans for a “multiyear” $2 billion investment in artificial intelligence technology aimed at advancing machine learning capabilities to be more adaptable.

Daily News | September 06, 2018

The chairman and ranking member of the House Armed Services Committee this week said they are hopeful efforts to reform national security space organization and management remain bipartisan -- regardless of which party is in charge after the November election.

Daily News | September 05, 2018

The Air Force later this month will roll out its vision for a right-sized service that can meet the demands of the National Defense Strategy, focusing on the importance of the service's squadrons rather than the size of its aircraft fleet.

The Insider | September 05, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said today she is in "complete alignment" with President Trump's plan for a Space Force, despite her past criticism of plans to significantly reorganize the Defense Department's space mission.

The Insider | September 05, 2018

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved a key certification required to begin deliveries of the new KC-46 tanker, Boeing announced this week.

The Insider | August 31, 2018

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Daily News | August 30, 2018

The Defense Department confirmed this week it is taking steps to create a new assistant secretary of defense for space to manage the transition to a Space Force.

Daily News | August 30, 2018

A new document justifying the Air Force's decision to sole-source development of the first three Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared satellites to Lockheed Martin reveals new details about the program, including the service's plans to acquire sufficient data rights to enable future competition.

Daily News | August 29, 2018

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center expects by September to begin implementing new procedures to hold contractors responsible for poor performance.

The Insider | August 24, 2018

It's largely understood that the decision about whether to create a Space Force will ultimately be left up to lawmakers, but a congressional think tank recently raised the possibility that a literal reading of constitutional authorities could call into question the roles of the legislative and executive branches in establishing and commanding a new military department for space.

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