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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The Insider | June 23, 2017

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | June 23, 2017

The Air Force anticipates at least a six-month delay to next year's full-rate production decision for its Family of Advanced Beyond Line-of-Sight Terminals program, but officials say they're pleased with the progress the program is making after years of development delays.

The Insider | June 22, 2017

The chairman of the House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee said Thursday he is "shocked" and "pissed" at Air Force leadership's response to his subcommittee's proposed mark of fiscal year 2018 policy legislation that would direct the creation of a separate Space Corps.

Daily News | June 21, 2017

The Air Force estimates it would cost about $50 billion to buy 194 additional F-22s and told Congress earlier this month in a classified report it has no plans to re-start the production line.

Daily News | June 21, 2017

The Air Force chief of staff and secretary told reporters Wednesday that while they appreciate the passion behind House lawmakers' proposal to create a separate Space Corps under the service's leadership, the move would complicate and add bureaucracy to a system they are trying to reform.

Daily News | June 20, 2017

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is proposing a significant reorganization of the military space mission in its mark of the fiscal year 2018 defense policy bill, directing the creation of a new U.S. Space Corps as well as a U.S. Space Command by January 2019.

Daily News | June 20, 2017

Some House authorizers are proposing additional oversight of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's economic order quantity strategy, calling for reporting requirements similar to those of a multiyear procurement deal.

Daily News | June 20, 2017

The chances of a Base Realignment and Closure round could be more likely under Defense Secretary Jim Mattis, some analysts said Monday, noting that the administration's support for reducing excess infrastructure is stronger than it has been in recent history.

The Insider | June 19, 2017

F-35A flights at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, will resume Wednesday after an 11-day pause following pilot reports of hypoxia-like symptoms. 

Daily News | June 16, 2017

The Air Force expects a ramp-up in experimentation and prototyping activities over the next year, a change of pace reflected in a $500 million funding increase in its fiscal year 2018 budget request.

Daily News | June 16, 2017

After its inaugural "Space Flag" in April, the Air Force is planning to conduct a second virtual training exercise in August or September -- part of a continuous effort to prepare airmen to operate in space as a warfighting domain.

The Insider | June 14, 2017

Luke Air Force Base officials expect to make a decision tomorrow about whether to resume F-35A flights next week.

The Insider | June 14, 2017

A top Boeing executive said today the company's protest of an Air Force decision to appoint L3 Technologies as systems integrator for the Compass Call cross-deck program is less about the service's acquisition strategy and more about wanting to ensure Boeing's offering gets "due consideration."

The Insider | June 13, 2017

Lockheed Martin lost about $2.7 million in contract incentive fees last year after a weather satellite it built failed on orbit, according to a recent Government Accountability Office report.

Daily News | June 12, 2017

F-35A jets at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, will remain grounded after five incidents of hypoxia-like symptoms were reported at the base.

Daily News | June 12, 2017

The Defense Department is seeking congressional approval to buy commercial-off-the-shelf components for the Air Force's intercontinental ballistic missile fuze modernization effort -- an approach that could save about $206 million by leveraging common development between the Air Force and Navy.

The Insider | June 12, 2017

The White House announced June 9 it intends to nominate David Ehrhart, former associate general counsel at Lockheed Martin Aeronautics, to serve as Air Force general counsel.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

The Air Force has temporarily canceled flight operations at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, after five incidents of pilots experiencing "hypoxia-like symptoms." (UPDATED)

Daily News | June 09, 2017

The Air Force's fiscal year 2018 budget request nearly doubles its investment in F-22 research and development -- a boost that service officials say is critical to keep the fifth-generation jet flying through 2060.

Daily News | June 09, 2017

The Air Force is conducting a review of its acquisition processes this spring and summer to ensure it's using the authorities and flexibility granted by Congress in the Fiscal Year 2016 National Defense Authorization Act.

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