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 | May 24, 2019

The Defense Department is readying a stop-work order for Boeing and Raytheon on the Redesigned Kill Vehicle after determining that technical difficulties with the new warhead are effectively insurmountable, a roughly $700 million setback that will further delay plans to improve U.S. defenses against advancing North Korean ballistic missile threats. (UPDATED)

Daily News | May 23, 2019

Senate policymakers are showing support for major Air Force investments in their mark of fiscal year 2020 legislation, authorizing 12 additional F-35A Joint Strike Fighter aircraft, validating the service’s request to buy new fourth-generation jets and proposing additional funding for the Advanced Battle Management System and the service’s Light-Attack Aircraft experiment.

Daily News | May 23, 2019

The Senate Armed Services Committee this week took a step toward reorganizing the space enterprise, passing a fiscal year 2020 policy bill that would establish a Space Force within the Air Force.

Daily News | May 22, 2019

SpaceX has filed a lawsuit against the Air Force in the U.S. Court of Federal Claims, protesting the service's October 2018 Launch Services Agreement competition. (UPDATED)

Daily News | May 22, 2019

The Air Force could see a major cut to its plan to fast-track development of the next generation of missile warning satellites as House appropriators pitch a plan to reduce the program's fiscal year 2020 funding by more than $200 million.

The Insider | May 21, 2019

President Trump announced on Twitter today he plans to nominate former Aerospace Corp. Chairwoman Barbara Barrett as the next Air Force secretary.

Daily News | May 21, 2019

A new report from the Government Accountability Office urges the Defense Department to direct an independent review of the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control System's schedule, noting that the information could offer lawmakers and department leaders key information to mitigate risk of future delays.

Daily News | May 21, 2019

The director of the Air National Guard said today he has a team working closely with Pentagon leaders to make sure that the Guard component of the future Space Force remains lean and transitions to the new service smoothly and with minimal new bureaucracy.

Daily News | May 20, 2019

House appropriators say the Defense Department's case to create a Space Force lacks substance and suggest in a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill that the Pentagon can improve the military space enterprise without creating a separate service.

Daily News | May 20, 2019

House appropriators are concerned the Air Force's fiscal year 2020 budget request doesn't include the resources to adequately grow its fighter fleet, saying in a report accompanying a draft mark of the funding bill the service needs to boost F-35 procurement even as it recapitalizes its fourth-generation fleet.

Space Briefing | May 16, 2019

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

The Insider | May 15, 2019

Air Force Under Secretary Matt Donovan will serve as acting secretary beginning June 1.

The Insider | May 15, 2019

The Air Force has announced six installations as candidate locations for the new U.S. Space Command.

Daily News | May 14, 2019

The Air Force plans to use an expansive, sole-source KC-46 Pegasus post-production contract, worth up to $5.7 billion over 10 years, to craft and implement a roadmap for future tanker capabilities.

The Insider | May 14, 2019

House appropriators are backing an Air Force plan to buy new fourth-generation fighters and are proposing adding 12 F-35s and four C-130Js to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to a draft spending bill released today.

Daily News | May 14, 2019

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee's draft fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill proposes continued study and refinement of the Defense Department's plan to establish a Space Force and puts a hold on funding for a new Space Development Agency until the Air Force offers more details on the organization's mission.

Daily News | May 09, 2019

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the leaders of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Appropriations defense subcommittee to add eight C-130J aircraft above what the Air Force and Navy requested in fiscal year 2020.

Daily News | May 08, 2019

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Pentagon's proposal to create a new Space Force could cost between $820 million and $1.3 billion annually to manage and operate and require $1.1 billion to $3 billion in one-time startup costs.

Daily News | May 08, 2019

The Pentagon is proposing legislative language that would exclude the new U.S. Space Command from manpower cost restrictions for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to give the Defense Department the funding margin it needs to stand up the new combatant command.

Daily News | May 07, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has signed off on the Space Force Task Force's initial work plan, authorizing the team to design an organizational structure for the new service's initial staff and recommend a broader plan for which existing units will transfer from other agencies into the Space Force.

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