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 18, 2018

President Trump announced today he is directing the Defense Department to establish an independent "space force."

Daily News | June 14, 2018

The head of the Air Force Sustainment Center told lawmakers Thursday the intellectual property that supports weapon system development has become more valuable than the actual hardware -- a shift that has sparked some concern among lawmakers and the Defense Department as they struggle to negotiate with industry for access to those data rights.

Daily News | June 14, 2018

A series of demonstrations this month at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada could pave the way for a new technology meant tovastly improve the quality of the service's training for fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft.

Daily News | June 13, 2018

The Air Force confirmed this week an acquisition program baseline for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar was signed in late April, and the service is on track to begin testing of the system in fiscal year 2020.

Daily News | June 13, 2018

NEW YORK -- The president of Pratt & Whitney's military engine group said this week the company is working to cut the cost to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's propulsion system in half over the next 10 years, telling reporters sustainment is a top priority for the engine manufacturer.

Daily News | June 08, 2018

The Air Force confirmed this week it has completed two key cybersecurity tests on the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control Segment, telling Inside Defense the tests validate that the service has “a robust cybersecurity implementation on the OCX system.”

Daily News | June 08, 2018

The head of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said today the service is working with Boeing to use commercial approaches to buy the 11th and 12th Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicles.

The Insider | June 08, 2018

Air Force Global Strike Command has ordered a stand-down of the B-1B Lancer fleet after discovering "an issue" with ejection-seat components following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, TX.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

Senate lawmakers want to boost funding for the Air Force's Evolved Space-Based Infrared System program, proposing an additional $100 million to accelerate development of advanced sensors.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

Concerned about potential capability and capacity gaps prior to fielding the Air Force's next-generation B-21 bomber, Senate authorizers want an update on modernization plans for the B-52 and B-2 fleets.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

Senate lawmakers want the Air Force to prototype capabilities to operate a tanker in a contested environment, providing funding in their mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation to pursue the effort.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

As the F-35 Joint Program Office continues to refine its strategy for follow-on development, the Senate Armed Services Committee is concerned about the cost to upgrade older jets to the most modern configuration and is proposing more than $88 million in its mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation to support fleet retrofits.

The Insider | June 06, 2018

Senate lawmakers have proposed eliminating Air Force pass-through funding -- a practice by which other services and agencies request funds for non-Air Force projects within the service's budget request.

Daily News | June 06, 2018

Senate authorizers are asking the Defense Department for details on what it would take to upgrade the legacy GPS Operational Control Segment to match, or come close to matching, the capabilities being built into the troubled next-generation control segment development effort.

Daily News | June 06, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee is calling for the Defense Department to craft a space warfighting policy that would review the resiliency of the national security space enterprise and its ability to defend against threats, defeat potential adversaries and deter future conflict.

Daily News | June 05, 2018

The Government Accountability Office is recommending Congress block funding for F-35 follow-on modernization until the Defense Department details the effort's acquisition program baseline.

Daily News | May 31, 2018

The Defense Department inspector general is concerned the Air Force has not determined the full impact of its decision last year to cut 192 units of a key F-15 electronic warfare capability.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation proposes a slew of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter provisions aimed at bolstering accountability mechanisms, improving the program's sustainment posture and supporting early funding for post-development upgrades.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill supports the Air Force's plan to scrap the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort and pursue an alternative, more survivable architecture.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

Air Force Space Command chief Gen. Jay Raymond said this week the service is on track to meet a congressional deadline for transitioning commercial satellite communications procurement from the Defense Information Systems Agency to Air Force Space Command.

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