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 | April 14, 2021

The director of the Space Development Agency said today the organization is considering alternatives to the Space Force's National Security Space Launch contracting mechanism for its Tranche 1 satellites, saying it's not clear whether NSSL-class rockets will meet its future needs.

The Insider | April 14, 2021

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has chosen three prime contractors to help develop a nuclear thermal propulsion system for a planned 2025 demonstration above low-Earth orbit.

Daily News | April 9, 2021

Space Force officials said this week the service is making progress on two efforts of significant congressional interest -- designing an acquisition system that delivers capabilities faster and determining which space capabilities will transfer to the new service from the Army and Navy.

Daily News | April 8, 2021

The Space Force plans to redesignate the Space and Missile Systems Center as Space Systems Command and will officially standup SSC this summer, officials said today.

The Insider | April 8, 2021

The Air Force has chosen Collins Aerospace to upgrade the B-52's wheels and brakes -- part of a larger effort to extend the aging bomber's service life.

The Insider | April 7, 2021

The Air Force today unveiled the F-15EX as the Eagle II in a rollout ceremony at Eglin Air Force Base, FL.

The Insider | April 5, 2021

The Space Force is in the "throes" of standing up a new National Space Intelligence Center and plans to reach initial operational capability in January 2022.

Daily News | April 2, 2021

A recent U.S. Northern Command Joint All-Domain Command-and-Control exercise demonstrated several capabilities available today to improve domain awareness, information dominance and decision superiority -- and the NORTHCOM commander told reporters this week he wants to move quickly to acquire and field those technologies.

Daily News | April 1, 2021

The Defense Department this week awarded Lockheed Martin a $7.8 million contract modification to address deficiencies with the F-35's Autonomic Logistics Information System.

Daily News | April 1, 2021

The general in charge of Air Mobility Command said this week joint wargames and experimentation will play an important role in shaping requirements for a future "family of systems" strategic airlift capability.

Daily News | March 31, 2021

After awarding a single integration contract last week to Lockheed Martin for its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program, the Air Force confirmed to Inside Defense it is still considering awarding a second contract "in the coming months."

Daily News | March 31, 2021

As some of the Air Force's early Mid-Tier Acquisition programs approach transition points, the service is considering opportunities to increase transparency for those programs and ensure they meet the rapid acquisition pathway criteria.

The Insider | March 30, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory plans to expand testing of its commercial space internet services experiment to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, awarding Lockheed Martin a $12.7 million contract modification Monday that includes funds for the aircraft’s first flight test.

Daily News | March 26, 2021

The Air Force today awarded Lockheed Martin an $8.5 million integration contract for its Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long-Range Radar program, which includes options to produce up to 35 radar systems.

Daily News | March 24, 2021

The Air Force's deputy chief of staff told lawmakers this week the service's rate of Class A aviation mishaps per flight hour is down 47% since 2018 and highlighted efforts within the service to implement safety recommendations from the National Commission on Military Aviation Safety.

The Insider | March 24, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory is seeking next-generation cyber technologies that align with its vision for cyber superiority and could award up to $975 million toward the effort over the next five years through a new broad agency announcement.

The Insider | March 22, 2021

The Government Accountability Office recently announced it will investigate the Air Force's base selection process for U.S. Space Command headquarters.

The Insider | March 19, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory’s space vehicles directorate broke ground this week on a new space environment research laboratory at Kirtland Air Force Base, NM.

Daily News | March 18, 2021

Delays to F-35 Block 4 development drove a $1.9 billion net cost increase between 2019 and 2020, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Daily News | March 18, 2021

As the Space Development Agency and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency demonstrate key proliferated low Earth orbit capabilities over the next few years, the Space and Missile Systems Center is working alongside those teams -- both as a partner in technology development and as a connector, seeking opportunities to leverage and operationalize that work within the Space Force.

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