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 | November 13, 2019

The F-35 joint program office plans to “coalesce” by next September four lines of effort aimed at improving the jet’s troubled Autonomic Logistics Information System and is crafting a detailed plan for how to implement the redesigned ALIS.

Daily News | November 13, 2019

The head of the F-35 joint program office revealed today that a dispute between the government and prime contractor Lockheed Martin over intellectual property rights -- which has driven delays integrating the jet into a new Joint Simulation Environment -- is currently under protest and awaiting a decision from the Armed Services Board of Contract Appeals.

Daily News | November 12, 2019

Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper told reporters today he expects the service will have a difficult time defending its fiscal year 2021 budget request, largely because it recommends shifting billions of dollars from legacy platforms to a digital infrastructure Congress may not be ready to embrace.

Daily News | November 8, 2019

The Air Force expects to complete fleetwide retrofits to the KC-46 tanker’s cargo locking system by March 2020, the program office confirmed this week.

The Insider | November 7, 2019

Norwegian Air Chief Brig. Geb. Tonje Skinnarland announced Wednesday the country had reached initial operational capability for the F-35.

Daily News | November 7, 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is preparing to kick off a key end-to-end simulation phase for its Blackjack program next spring, aiming to retire risk on the path to demonstrating the utility of a proliferated low-earth orbit satellite constellation equipped with an autonomous data processing capability.

Daily News | November 6, 2019

The Air Force Research Lab has seen early success testing the operational utility of the growing market for commercial space internet services and is planning to expand its test slate next week to the AC-130.

Daily News | November 6, 2019

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein said today the service's fiscal year 2021 budget submission aims to shift about $30 billion over the next five years from legacy programs into efforts that will help build the foundation for a "digital Air Force."

Daily News | November 1, 2019

House lawmakers are launching an investigation into the August decision to terminate the Redesigned Kill Vehicle, directing the Defense Department to provide key documents associated with the ballistic missile defense warhead project as well as outline options for clawing back from contractors some of the $1.2 billion invested in it between 2015 and 2019.

Space Briefing | October 31, 2019

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

Daily News | October 31, 2019

The Air Force plans to submit a formal acquisition strategy for its latest effort to modernize space command-and-control architecture and is working to mitigate early technical and program management concerns, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

The Insider | October 30, 2019

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center recently released a far-reaching call for industry input on launch capabilities to inform future National Security Space Launch architecture requirements and deepen its understanding of future commercial and civil lift, maneuver and transport capabilities.

Daily News | October 29, 2019

The Pentagon is updating the F-35's acquisition program baseline, acquisition chief Ellen Lord confirmed today, after announcing earlier this month that milestone C and a full-rate production decision would likely be delayed more than a year due to problems integrating the jet into a new Joint Simulation Environment.

Daily News | October 29, 2019

The Pentagon has finalized a $34 billion contract with F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin to buy 478 jets across the next three low-rate initial production lots.

The Insider | October 28, 2019

The Air Force's secretive X-37B spaceplane landed Sunday at NASA's Kennedy Space Center after a record-breaking 780 days on orbit.

The Insider | October 28, 2019

The Pentagon has selected acting Space Development Agency Director Derek Tournear to serve in the role in a permanent capacity.

The Insider | October 25, 2019

The Air Force has released official solicitations to procure a "limited number" of light-attack aircraft from Textron and a Sierra Nevada and Embraer team.

The Insider | October 24, 2019

The head of the Air Force's Rapid Capabilities Office said today he "would not bet on" the B-21 bomber being ready for first flight by December 2021 -- the target date for the milestone, which the service revealed this summer.

The Insider | October 23, 2019

The KC-46 has officially entered initial operational test and evaluation, as prime contractor Boeing and the Air Force work to address the tanker's remaining critical deficiencies.

Daily News | October 23, 2019

United Launch Alliance CEO Tory Bruno said today that a one- to two-year delay to the Air Force's Launch Services Procurement program could create a "big problem" for the department’s efforts to eliminate reliance on Russian-made rocket engines.

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