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.

Daily News | March 24, 2017

As the Air Force works toward full and open competition in the national security space launch market, analysts and industry executives say the service may find it a challenge to loosen its grip on oversight as it weighs the risks and benefits of a more commercial approach.

Daily News | March 24, 2017

The Air Force confirmed this week it is working with the National Reconnaissance Office to jointly address indication and warning and space situational awareness requirements through its Space-Based Space Surveillance follow-on program.

Daily News | March 24, 2017

The Air Force is analyzing its options for ramping up F-35 production beyond what is currently programmed over the next five years, but the service's top uniformed acquisition officer said this week that a steep incline to an annual 60-jet buy is unlikely under existing budget constraints.

Daily News | March 22, 2017

Lockheed Martin expects an investigation into the A2100 propulsion system carried by four key military space constellations to wrap up in May.

Daily News | March 21, 2017

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin is still aiming to complete the Joint Strike Fighter program's development phase by the end of the year, telling reporters this week that key milestones this summer will offer a good indicator of whether it is executing to its aggressive testing schedule.

Daily News | March 17, 2017

The Air Force on Friday released a series of documents detailing its plans for a light-attack aircraft experiment this summer that could field a rapid acquisition program to buy around 300 light-attack jets to supplement the service's fighter fleet.

The Insider | March 17, 2017

The Air Force's military deputy for acquisition said this week that while he and his civilian counterpart have the authorities necessary to run the service's acquisition shop, the workload requires the leadership of a politically appointed acquisition executive.

Daily News | March 17, 2017

A degraded B-52 radar could have implications for the performance of the Air-Launched Cruise Missile, the Air Force told Congress in a recent report explaining its reasons for pursuing a non-developmental replacement for the aging radar system.

Daily News | March 17, 2017

The Air Force this week took another step toward replacing the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine with a domestic alternative, releasing a draft request for proposals meant to support launch system prototyping efforts.

Daily News | March 16, 2017

The Air Force plans to release a formal invitation to industry this week to participate in a light-attack experiment to showcase low-cost capability that could supplement the service's fighter jet capacity.

Daily News | March 15, 2017

The Air Force's decision this week to award SpaceX its second national security space launch services mission -- a win over longtime provider United Launch Alliance -- came down to cost, a service official confirmed Wednesday.

Daily News | March 15, 2017

The Trump administration has been vocal about its plans for a larger Army and a bigger Navy fleet, but has remained relatively quiet about its plans for Air Force modernization, leaving analysts wondering what that will mean for the Air Force in the fiscal year 2018 budget.

The Insider | March 14, 2017

The Air Force on Tuesday announced that military space launch newcomer, SpaceX, will support a second GPS III launch.

The Insider | March 10, 2017

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Daily News | March 10, 2017

The Air Force is moving forward with plans to hire commercial satellite operators to run its Wideband Global Satellite Communications constellation and intends to issue a request for proposals for the effort in May.

The Insider | March 10, 2017

The Air Force recently approved an Operationally Responsive Space mission that will launch a small satellite to address a critical gap in military weather capability.

Daily News | March 09, 2017

The Air Force expects to complete its assessment of last September's SpaceX launch failure in April, but the service said this week that based on preliminary findings, it concurs with the company's conclusion that the explosion was caused by a problem with the launcher's oxygen tank.

The Insider | March 08, 2017

The Air Force confirmed Wednesday it "recently" completed a preliminary design review of the largely classified B-21 bomber program.

Daily News | March 08, 2017

The Air Force and Boeing have agreed on a new acquisition program baseline schedule for the KC-46 tanker that moves the start of initial operational test and evaluation from May 2016 to November 2017 and pushes a full-rate production decision back more than two years from June 2017 to August 2019.

Daily News | March 07, 2017

The Air Force will continue with plans to launch a bridge capability for a Space-Based Space Surveillance satellite reaching the end of its service life, despite the service's recent decision to re-think its acquisition strategy for a follow-on constellation.

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