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.

Daily News | December 14, 2017

The F-35 joint program office confirmed this week that a Defense Acquisition Board slated for early December "did not happen."

Daily News | December 13, 2017

The Air Force expects that “re-sequencing” its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter transition at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, and Burlington Air National Guard Base, VT, could relieve some strain on its maintainer training pipeline.

Daily News | December 12, 2017

The troubled next-generation GPS ground segment development program is at high risk for delivering future capability on time and on budget, the Government Accountability Office reports, noting its continued problems could impact other GPS modernization efforts.

Daily News | December 06, 2017

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The F-35 joint program office is considering outfitting the aircraft with an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System prior to the start of Block 4 modernization.

Daily News | December 05, 2017

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter testers here are preparing to start in the spring a graduated test effort, which allows the program to begin operational testing before all of its jets are configured with the required modifications.

Daily News | December 04, 2017

SIMI VALLEY, CA – The Pentagon acquisition chief said Saturday a much-anticipated Defense Acquisition Board review of the F-35 will not convene until the joint program office's modernization plan has the necessary buy-in.

Daily News | December 02, 2017

SIMI VALLEY, CA -- U.S. Strategic Command Chief Gen. John Hyten said today he wants the Air Force to deliver a next-generation missile warning satellite faster than the fiscal year 2029 time frame proposed in a recent request for information.

Daily News | December 02, 2017

SIMI VALLEY, CA – Arguing the creation of a Space Corps is “inevitable,” House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-AL) said today he will continue to promote plans to establish a separate military organization for space.

Daily News | December 01, 2017

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The F-35 developmental test team here completed weapons delivery accuracy testing this week -- a key milestone toward closing out its portion of the program's system development and demonstration phase in December.

Daily News | November 30, 2017

LOS ANGELES -- As the Air Force works to make its space systems more resilient in an increasingly contested and congested space environment, the Aerospace Corp. is working with the service and industry to better understand the implications and nuances of resiliency at the strategic, mission and system levels.

Daily News | November 29, 2017

The Air Force this week issued a request for information for its Weather System Follow-On program, seeking companies capable of supporting its space-based environmental monitoring requirements.

The Insider | November 28, 2017

The Air Force has indicated to industry that it has pushed a contract award for its next-generation training jet to July 2018, according to a Boeing spokeswoman.

The Insider | November 28, 2017

The Air Force hopes to kick start its new electronic warfare enterprise capability collaboration team by the end of the year, and expects the 15-month effort will have substantive involvement from coalition partners, industry and academia.

Daily News | November 24, 2017

The Senate Appropriations Committee's version of fiscal year 2018 spending legislation would cut $50 million from the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System program, add $100 million to launch vehicle development efforts and direct the service secretary to reexamine current recapitalization plans that call for "near-simultaneous" modernization across the Air Force's space portfolio.

Daily News | November 24, 2017

As the Air Force charts a path toward improving its posture for multidomain operations, it is working to boost its operational training infrastructure to ensure future upgrades integrate well with its new framework.

Daily News | November 21, 2017

Concerned that the Navy and Air Force are deferring F-35 ramp-up plans to future years due to budget constraints, Senate appropriators are recommending boosts to the services' Joint Strike Fighter procurement accounts and are encouraging the two services to procure the jets at higher rates.

The Insider | November 21, 2017

The Air Force issued a request for proposals this week for the F-16 Service-Life Extension Program, an effort that could keep up to 841 U.S. and international F-16s flying through 2048.

Daily News | November 20, 2017

The commander of Air Combat Command expects that in order to develop the next generation of air superiority capabilities and platforms, the Defense Department will need to match the investments it made in aircraft development and procurement during the Reagan-era buildup in the 1980s.

Daily News | November 17, 2017

The director of the Air Force team developing a strategy for multidomain command and control said today the effort is closely linked with work the service is doing to develop a new Enterprise Space Battle Management Command-and-Control Capability.

Daily News | November 17, 2017

Lawmakers want the Pentagon to complete a mobility requirements and capability study by 2018 -- about a year before it had planned to begin its own review.

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