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 | January 22, 2021

The Pentagon's delay in publishing the first iteration of a new Joint Warfighting Concept by the end of 2020 is due largely to COVID-19 restrictions that limited the ability to conduct effective, large-scale exercises needed to mature the concept, according to a top Defense Department official.

The Insider | January 21, 2021

The Air Force announced this week it has awarded Boeing a $2.1 billion contract modification to deliver an additional 15 tankers.

Daily News | January 21, 2021

With a five-year plan in place, the Space Force is working with the acquisition community and industry to develop requirements for a future National Space Test and Training Range.

Daily News | January 20, 2021

The Defense Department estimates the cost of the GPS Operational Control Segment follow-on program at $223 million, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Daily News | January 14, 2021

A new report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation labels the F-35 joint program office's test schedule for the Operational Data Integration Network "high risk" and questions the program's ability to deliver a fully functional system by this September.

The Insider | January 13, 2021

The Air Force has selected the Army's Redstone Arsenal in Huntsville, AL, as the preferred location to host U.S. Space Command headquarters.

The Insider | January 13, 2021

President Trump this week issued a new executive order that would require the Defense Department to work with the Commerce and Energy departments as well as NASA to consider the benefits and utility of advanced nuclear reactors for space power.

Daily News | January 13, 2021

The Air Force is beginning to see its vision for a government-owned, synthetic modeling and simulation environment take shape and, while challenges remain, the head of the service's test center said he's encouraged by the development progress he's seen on the technical backbone that will connect fourth- and fifth-generation simulators for high-fidelity testing and training.

The Insider | January 8, 2021

The Space Force today was officially designated the 18th member of the intelligence community.

Daily News | January 8, 2021

SpaceX and L3Harris have resumed work on the Space Development Agency's Tracking Layer Tranche 0 satellite development contracts after a series of protests put the companies' contracts on hold and led the agency to reevaluate bids.

Space Briefing | January 7, 2021

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

The Insider | January 6, 2021

The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.28 billion undefinitized contract action to support F-35 operations and sustainment through June 30 as negotiations continue for a long-term performance-based logistics contract.

Daily News | January 5, 2021

The Space and Missile Systems Center anticipates delays to new Space Enterprise Consortium solicitations as the Space Force continues its review of the incoming consortium manager, the National Security Technology Accelerator, in light of a recent Texas court decision involving the company.

The Insider | January 4, 2021

The Space and Missile Systems Center today awarded Lockheed Martin a $4.9 billion undefinitized contract modification for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program.

The Insider | January 4, 2021

The Space Development Agency has awarded SpaceX $150 million to launch up to 28 satellites in support of the agency's tracking and transport layers.

The Insider | January 4, 2021

The Defense Department last week awarded Lockheed Martin a nearly $904 million contract modification to buy long-lead parts for 133 Lot 16 F-35 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft.

Daily News | December 28, 2020

The Space Force announced last week it expects to issue a draft request for proposals in early January for two responsive launch missions.

Daily News | December 23, 2020

The Government Accountability Office this week dismissed Raytheon's most recent protest of a Space Development Agency contract for wide-field-of-view satellites.

Daily News | December 22, 2020

A new report on the Defense Department's overhead persistent infrared architecture offers insight into the Pentagon's plans for future space-based missile tracking and warning capabilities -- a response to lawmakers' calls for a clear strategy that addresses concerns about duplication and oversight across the enterprise.

The Insider | December 21, 2020

The final version of the fiscal year 2021 defense appropriations bill includes a $140 million cut to the Air Force's Next-Generation Air Dominance program -- a sign Congress may not yet be sold on the service's Digital Century Series pitch.

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