Courtney Albon

Courtney Albon is senior editor for aviation and space at Inside Defense. 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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The Insider | April 1, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center announced this week it has awarded Raytheon and L3Harris contracts worth up to $500 million each to develop and produce modems for its Protected Tactical Satellite Communications program.

The Insider | April 1, 2020

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein will meet today with the service's major command leadership to identify mission-essential tasks and determine what resources might be needed to support MAJCOMs and their readiness requirements in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily News | March 31, 2020

The Air Force is nearly finished with a key report that will recommend a plan for establishing an alternative Space Force acquisition system that draws successful practices from organizations like the National Reconnaissance Office and the Rapid Capabilities Office to improve the way space capabilities are developed and procured.

The Insider | March 31, 2020

The Air Force today announced it has identified 23 missions it plans to shift to the Space Force over the next six months.

The Insider | March 31, 2020

The head of U.S. Transportation Command said today he's optimistic about the progress being made with the Air Force to develop a strategy to mitigate the tanker capacity gap until the KC-46 is combat-ready.

Daily News | March 30, 2020

The Boeing-built KC-46 has a new Category 1 deficiency involving excessive fuel leaks, which was first identified during an air refueling test last July.

Daily News | March 30, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center on Friday revealed it has directed Raytheon, the prime contractor for the GPS Operational Control Segment, to replace the system's computer hardware -- a move that will add another 10 months to the program's schedule and cost the government an additional $378 million.

Daily News | March 27, 2020

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said today the service has stood up a COVID-19 acquisition task force to support industry and address concerns with program execution.

The Insider | March 27, 2020

The head of the Space Force confirmed today the service has declared initial operational capability for the Space Fence radar.

Daily News | March 26, 2020

After notifying industry that it planned to award a sole-source contract to lease advanced training jets in support of a possible new concept of operations for fighter pilot training dubbed Reforge, Air Combat Command confirmed to Inside Defense this week it has opted to open the competition after reviewing industry responses to its notice.

Daily News | March 26, 2020

A new report from the Heritage Foundation highlights concerns about the Air Force's capacity and readiness shortfalls and suggests the service should shift some funding away from research and development to boost fighter and tanker procurement and reprioritize its F-35 beddown schedule to assure that forward-based, active-duty units receive the jet sooner.

Daily News | March 24, 2020

The director of the Space Force Space and Missile Systems Center's launch enterprise said today the service has characterized the Launch Services Procurement source selection as "mission essential," and hasn't faced any significant disruption due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Insider | March 23, 2020

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper said today he's been "amazed at how little disruption" the COVID-19 outbreak has caused to Air Force and Space Force programs, but said the service continues to monitor the effects of the pandemic.

The Insider | March 23, 2020

The Space Force is seeking a consortium manager for a follow-on to its Space Enterprise Consortium contract -- an effort to rapidly develop new space technologies with a ceiling value of $12 billion.

Daily News | March 20, 2020

A group of 130 lawmakers is calling on congressional leadership to fund 98 F-35s in the fiscal year 2021 defense spending bill -- 19 more than the Air Force, Navy and Marine Corps included in their budget requests and two more than they asked for in their unfunded requirements lists.

Daily News | March 20, 2020

The Defense Department has submitted the first of two Space Force legislative proposals due to Congress at the end of February, but the substantial policy recommendations are awaiting approval from the Office of the Secretary of Defense.

The Insider | March 19, 2020

The Air Force plans to host an AFWERX Space Challenge in June focused on highlighting new, integrated space technology that is secure, resilient and agile.

Daily News | March 18, 2020

A new report from RAND Corp. recommends the Defense Department transfer nearly all space-related organizations and acquisition programs from across the services and DOD agencies into the new Space Force to promote the service's independence and fulfill the department's stated goal of integrating space activities under a single service.

Daily News | March 18, 2020

The Air Force confirmed today it has postponed an Advanced Battle Management System demonstration, slated for April, until June due to concerns about the COVID-19 outbreak.

Daily News | March 16, 2020

The Government Accountability Office is calling on the Defense Department to create a strategy for its redesign of the F-35's troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System, and a new report from the watchdog highlights the need for a standardized performance metric to track the system's impact on fleetwide readiness.

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