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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Daily News | March 15, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told reporters this week the service needs to reprogram about $750 million in fiscal year 2019 funds to increase the mission-capable rates of the F-16 and F-22.

The Insider | March 14, 2019

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper told reporters today it could take a year of tracking Boeing's KC-46 production line and safety protocol before he's confident the company is consistently following the necessary procedures to avoid continued foreign object debris issues.

Daily News | March 14, 2019

A Florida lawmaker is offering a resolution today that would help the Pentagon clear a legislative hurdle to establishing U.S. Space Command and told Inside Defense he expects the language to be approved quickly.

Daily News | March 14, 2019

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper told lawmakers today he expects there will be a six to eight month delay to the B-2 Defensive Management System modernization effort as prime contractor Northrop Grumman works to implement a new agile software development program.

Daily News | March 13, 2019

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin told reporters today the first priority of the Pentagon's new Space Development Agency is to create a space sensor and communications transport layer in low-Earth orbit.

Daily News | March 13, 2019

The Pentagon will name Fred Kennedy the director of the Space Development Agency, according to a March 12 memo from acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan.

Daily News | March 13, 2019

The Air Force’s fiscal year 2020 future years defense program proposes about $400 million for light-attack aircraft procurement between FY-22 and FY-24, and the service plans to buy a small number of aircraft this year to continue its testing and experimentation plan.

Daily News | March 12, 2019

The Air Force's fiscal year 2020 budget proposes a flat F-35 procurement rate that would buy 48 jets per year across the future years defense program -- a reduction the service plans to offset by purchasing 80 Boeing-made F-15EX aircraft over that same period.

Daily News | March 12, 2019

The Air Force's $165.5 billion fiscal year 2020 budget request -- a $10 billion increase over FY-19 -- would buy 48 F-35s, procure eight new F-15EX fighters, boost research and development efforts by more than $4 billion and fund the creation of a Space Force headquarters.

The Insider | March 11, 2019

The Air Force has approved a corrective action plan for the Boeing-built KC-46 tanker after foreign object debris was discovered on the company's production line last month.

Daily News | March 11, 2019

The Defense Department will request funding for 110 new fighter aircraft in the fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to the White House, quantities that appear to align with reports that the Pentagon will seek to reduce F-35 procurement and buy eight new F-15X aircraft.

The Insider | March 08, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has submitted her resignation, after being selected as the 'sole finalist' to serve as the president of the University of Texas at El Paso.

The Insider | March 07, 2019

U.S. Transportation Command has requested the Air Force slow down its retirement plan for the KC-135 tanker to account for KC-46 delivery delays, the general in charge of the command told lawmakers this week.

Space Briefing | March 07, 2019

Welcome to today's Space Briefing, a biweekly roundup of the latest national security space news.

Daily News | March 07, 2019

A February report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester highlighted several concerns about GPS III and IIIF testing simulators, claiming the program lacks sufficient resources to provide realistic threat testing. The Air Force said this week it disagrees with those conclusions.

Daily News | March 07, 2019

Air Force officials recently confirmed that the service's original fiscal year 2020 budget submission did not request funding to buy new F-15X aircraft, while also claiming that buying the fourth-generation aircraft may be the most cost-effective way to boost the service's fighter inventory in the near term.

Daily News | March 06, 2019

As the Air Force works with the F-35 joint program office and prime contractor Lockheed Martin to re-architect the jet's Autonomic Logistics Information System, the service has been asked to consider other intervention opportunities that could lower the program's life-cycle sustainment costs.

Daily News | March 05, 2019

The head of U.S. Transportation Command told lawmakers today the Defense Department predicts it will need to grow its mobility capacity, particularly its tanker fleet, in the near term, despite the findings of a recent Mobility Capabilities and Requirements Study that validated the current fleet size.

Daily News | March 04, 2019

ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force is beginning to look at an expanded role for the T-X airframe, according to the head of Air Combat Command, including as an aggressor or as a light-attack aircraft.

Daily News | March 01, 2019

ORLANDO, FL -- The Air Force confirmed Friday it has refused acceptance of two KC-46 tankers after foreign object debris was discovered on Boeing's production line. (UPDATED)

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