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.

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Daily News | January 20, 2017

The third geosynchronous Space-Based Infrared System satellite slated to launch last night from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, was scrubbed due to "a violation of Eastern Range safety criteria."

Daily News | January 20, 2017

As the Air Force prepares to operate its workhorse B-52 bomber into the 2050s, aircraft manufacturer Boeing expects the service to consider a slate of capability and sustainability upgrades to keep the aging bomber flying past its anticipated service life.

The Insider | January 20, 2017

The third geosynchronous Space-Based Infrared System satellite slated to launch last night from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, was scrubbed due to "a violation of Eastern Range safety criteria."

Daily News | January 19, 2017

As the Air Force looks to develop a new Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control system, the service recently issued a request for information from industry about capabilities to meet new and emerging requirements.

Daily News | January 19, 2017

House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee leadership recently called for "bold action" to strengthen space leadership within the Defense Department and move away from what they view as a fragmented, "conflicted" management.

Daily News | January 18, 2017

The Air Force plans to launch an experiment this spring to consider a possible low-end, light-attack capability that could augment and relieve the strain on the current fighter fleet.

The Insider | January 17, 2017

The Air Force announced Tuesday it has adopted a new energy flight plan that advocates for a more holistic approach to energy projects and clean energy solutions and aims to improve "energy resiliency."

Daily News | January 13, 2017

Lockheed Martin CEO Marillyn Hewson said Friday the company is “close to a deal” on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program that would lower costs and create new jobs, but a company spokeswoman would not confirm whether the deal is any different from current plans to drive the A-model's cost down by $1.7 million per jet in the next low-rate initial production lot.

The Insider | January 13, 2017

Highlights from this week's Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | January 13, 2017

The Air Force's interest in a potential re-engining of the B-52 bomber "has never been more serious" than it is now, Boeing officials told Inside the Air Force this week -- noting that the company expects the service will make a decision on whether to pursue the effort by this spring or summer.

Daily News | January 13, 2017

The Pentagon's top weapons tester is concerned that delays to the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System modernization effort could lead to cost and schedule delays for the Air Force's new ground-based, space-observing radar, Space Fence.

Daily News | January 13, 2017

The Air Force's largely classified constellation of surveillance satellites located in geosynchronous orbit may be ineffective for some of its intended operations, according to a report released this week.

The Insider | January 12, 2017

The Air Force announced Thursday it has selected Joint Base Mcguire Dix Lakehurst, NJ, and Travis Air Force Base, CA, as the next two active-duty bases to host the new KC-46 tanker.

Daily News | January 10, 2017

Development delays on the newest version of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's diagnostics and health management system will likely push delivery of the final system to mid-2018 and will defer some requirements to future modernization, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

Daily News | January 06, 2017

The Air Force has received approval to move forward with an analysis of alternatives for future wideband satellite communications capabilities.

Daily News | January 06, 2017

Outgoing Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James said Friday that while she does not think an F/A-18 Super Hornet could match the capabilities of the fifth-generation F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, she appreciates President-elect Donald Trump's apparent interest in reducing cost and finding efficiencies in the Defense Department's portfolio.

Daily News | January 06, 2017

The Air Force and Raytheon are not yet "out of the woods" on the troubled development of the next-generation GPS operational control system, outgoing service Secretary Deborah Lee James said Friday, but the program has made significant progress -- due, in part, to the contributions of a team of private-sector software and cyber experts.

Daily News | January 06, 2017

The Air Force is re-evaluating its plans for the third increment of its Joint Space Operations Center Mission System upgrade and may instead opt to incorporate emerging space battle management command-and-control requirements into a new, enterprise-level program, a program official recently told Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | January 06, 2017

Lockheed Martin confirmed this week it has completed qualification testing of capacitors on the first GPS III satellite and expects the space vehicle will be available for launch "shortly."

Daily News | January 06, 2017

The Air Force is looking for sources to develop and install a KC-46 radar receiver mission data file reprogramming center that is needed for the program to declare initial operational capability.

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