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 | January 23, 2020

The Air Force could expand its recent $442 million contract to Raytheon to develop force element terminals for the Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program if the service secures funding for a validated objective requirement to install the systems on its tanker fleet.

Daily News | January 22, 2020

The F-35 joint program office announced this week it will release the first hardware for its new fleet diagnostics and health management system later this calendar year and expects the capability to be fully operational by December 2022.

Daily News | January 21, 2020

As the new Space Development Agency continues to map its strategy for a missile tracking and detection layer, it is working closely with the Missile Defense Agency to determine which organization will be responsible for which capabilities.

Daily News | January 17, 2020

The Defense Department owes lawmakers a report next year on how to integrate Navy and Army space capabilities into the new Space Force, but the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff says the department needs to move faster.

Daily News | January 16, 2020

Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman are eyeing a second chance to compete for new Air Force radar business after the service pulled the plug on Raytheon's contract to develop a new long-range radar, with all three companies saying they plan to explore the follow-on "SpeedDealer" requirement and solicitation.

Daily News | January 16, 2020

The Pentagon will hear a briefing Friday on Lockheed Martin's proposal for a five-year, fixed-price performance-based logistics sustainment contract for the F-35 -- a deal that could set the stage for a future multiyear sustainment deal.

Space Briefing | January 16, 2020

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

The Insider | January 16, 2020

The Defense Innovation Unit is seeking commercial remote sensing technology to perform peacetime indications and warning.

Daily News | January 14, 2020

F-35 Program Executive Officer Lt. Gen. Eric Fick has recommended a new acquisition program baseline for the Joint Strike Fighter following a testing delay that will push a full-rate production decision to late 2020.

Daily News | January 13, 2020

Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin has approved a $900 million ceiling increase for the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center's Space Enterprise Consortium -- nearly tripling the program's funding limit.

Daily News | January 9, 2020

The Space and Missile Systems Center has developed an initial roadmap for transitioning space programs to a new Enterprise Ground Services architecture by 2028.

Daily News | January 8, 2020

The Air Force plans to cancel a contract with Raytheon to develop the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar due to "numerous technical and supplier challenges."

The Insider | January 3, 2020

U.S. Transportation Command is exploring the utility and potential benefit of using spacelift capabilities for mobility operations, according to a notice released today.

Space Briefing | January 2, 2020

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

The Insider | January 2, 2020

The Air Force has renamed 14th Air Force at Vandenberg Air Force Base, CA, as Space Operations Command, redesignating civilian and military personnel in support of the Space Force.

Daily News | December 31, 2019

The Space and Missile Systems Center is looking to boost funding for a fiscal year 2020 new-start program that would consolidate and focus investment in innovative prototyping efforts across the space enterprise.

The Insider | December 30, 2019

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin announced today it delivered 134 Joint Strike Fighter aircraft in 2019, surpassing its delivery target and increasing its annual output by 47% over last year.

The Insider | December 24, 2019

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to host a flight experiment this summer to explore the utility of onboard visual navigation sensors to augment or replace GPS systems in a contested environment.

Daily News | December 20, 2019

President Trump tonight signed the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act, officially establishing the United States Space Force as the sixth military service, and appointed Gen. Jay Raymond as the first chief of space operations.

Daily News | December 20, 2019

The Air Force announced today it has resolved a critical deficiency with the KC-46 cargo locking system and lifted a three-month ban on the tanker’s cargo and passenger operations.

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