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 | October 19, 2021

The Senate Appropriations Committee is proposing a $323 million cut to the Space Force’s Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program’s space and ground segments in its version of the fiscal year 2022 defense spending bill.

Daily News | October 18, 2021

Frustrated by delays to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's near-term modernization plans, Senate appropriators want to cut $365.8 million from the program's $1.9 billion budget request for fiscal year 2022 -- a proposal that, if enacted, could lead to further delays as the program seeks to ready its jets for the future high-end fight.

Space Briefing | October 14, 2021

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

Daily News | October 13, 2021

After canceling an open solicitation to industry this summer aimed at supporting a new concept for streamlining pilot training, Project Reforge, the Air Force this week initiated the acquisition process for a new advanced training jet that would meet the requirements of Reforge and possibly serve as an adversary air platform and tactical aircraft surrogate.

The Insider | October 13, 2021

The Space Development Agency is preparing to release a request for proposals for a slate of demonstration and experimentation satellites meant to augment the Tranche 1 Transport Layer.

Daily News | October 13, 2021

The Air Force plans to commission a study to determine whether there is a gap in peacetime aerial refueling capacity that will set the foundation for a broader look at options for bridging such a shortfall.

The Insider | October 12, 2021

The Air Force is looking for industry input on a possible competition to develop a new advanced tactical aircraft to train fighter pilots, according to a notice released today.

Daily News | October 8, 2021

The F-35 program is approaching its first wave of scheduled engine maintenance in 2023, and in preparation, engine-maker Pratt & Whitney is readying its architecture and processes for what the company views as a test of whether the engine sustainment enterprise is positioned to maintain readiness as it takes on additional workload.

Daily News | October 7, 2021

The U.S. evacuation mission from Afghanistan may have benefitted from joint all-domain command-and-control capabilities as well as a more robust IT infrastructure, the director of operations at U.S. Transportation Command told reporters today.

Daily News | October 7, 2021

House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee Chairman Jim Cooper (D-TN) said today he’s worried the Space Force isn’t “putting fear in the bones” of near-peer adversaries, saying the new service needs to move faster to field more advanced capabilities.

Daily News | October 7, 2021

MIDDLETOWN, CT -- Pratt & Whitney has fielded a new F135 engine turbine blade coating to about 25% of the Joint Strike Fighter fleet and expects to complete the retrofit modifications by 2030.

Daily News | October 6, 2021

A new innovation cell within the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center’s Bombers Directorate aims to fly its prototype of an Agile Pod for the B-52 for the first time early next year.

Daily News | October 6, 2021

Following a highly anticipated classified industry briefing later this month on its new force design for space-based missile warning and missile tracking, the Space Warfighting Analysis Center plans to shift its architecture analysis focus to other mission areas, prioritizing fire control, tactical intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and space data transport as its next projects.

Space Briefing | September 30, 2021

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

The Insider | September 27, 2021

The Pentagon and Lockheed Martin have negotiated a "production smoothing" agreement for F-35 deliveries to increase stability as the company's production process recovers from the impact of COVID-19.

The Insider | September 24, 2021

The Air Force has selected Rolls-Royce to re-engine the B-52 fleet, awarding the company a contract worth up to $2.6 billion to provide 608 engines and spares.

Daily News | September 24, 2021

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The head of Space Training and Readiness Command said this week a new operational planning team began work this week to flesh out a five-to-10-year architecture roadmap for a new National Space Test and Training Range.

Daily News | September 23, 2021

Senate authorizers want to add $1.7 billion to the Air Force’s fiscal year 2022 budget request for F-35A retrofit modifications, calling on the service to move “expeditiously” to upgrade older jets to the Block 4 configuration.

Daily News | September 22, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office once again sheds doubt on the Space Force’s schedule for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program -- despite insistence from the service that its schedule remains on track to begin launching the satellites in fiscal year 2025.

Daily News | September 22, 2021

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall said this week he supports an F-35 engine replacement program that capitalizes on the billions of dollars the service has invested in adaptive propulsion technology, but said questions remain about affordability.

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