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 | September 20, 2019

The head of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said this week that if Congress requires significant changes to its Launch Services Procurement strategy, it could disrupt the ongoing source-selection process and potentially require bidders to rework their proposals.

Daily News | September 19, 2019

The Air Force has withheld approximately $532 million from Boeing on the 19 KC-46 tankers the contractor has delivered and is considering adding more "pressure" should the company fail to deliver a redesigned remote vision system on time.

Daily News | September 19, 2019

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper will review early studies next week that consider the service's options for using mobility aircraft or other platforms as "Arsenal Planes."

Daily News | September 19, 2019

The acting director of the Space Development Agency told reporters this week the agency is working to establish offices in California, Alabama and Colorado to be sure that the work it’s doing is integrated with efforts at key space acquisition hubs.

Daily News | September 18, 2019

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin is proposing a sweeping five-year sustainment contract it hopes will set the stage for a future multiyear deal.

Daily News | September 17, 2019

The Air Force is considering retiring a portion of the B-1 fleet as part of its fiscal year 2021 budget request in order to shift funds to other major modernization and procurement efforts within the bomber fleet.

The Insider | September 17, 2019

The Defense Department inspector general has ordered a review of the Air Force's KC-46 boom design and development process to determine whether the program "adhered to DOD and Air Force systems engineering processes."

Daily News | September 16, 2019

The Air Force is in the final stages of completing an acquisition strategy for the F-15EX, and is mapping out options for future capability upgrades, the program executive officer for fighters and bombers told Inside Defense today.

Daily News | September 13, 2019

The Senate Appropriations Committee is proposing a $270 million cut to the Air Force's Adaptive Engine Transition Program and are calling on the service to deliver details on plans to transition the new engine technology into major programs like the F-35.

Daily News | September 12, 2019

The president's nominee to serve as Air Force secretary told lawmakers today she supports the call for a separate space service, saying the move is "overdue."

Daily News | September 12, 2019

Senate appropriators want more details about the Air Force's F-15EX procurement plan, including its reasoning for pursuing a sole-source buy of Boeing-made jets.

Daily News | September 12, 2019

Senate appropriators this week echoed concerns from House lawmakers that the Air Force is slow-rolling its Light Attack Aircraft experimentation campaign.

The Insider | September 12, 2019

The Trump administration's Air Force secretary nominee says she’ll consider directing a review of the service's cyber readiness, similar to one conducted by the Navy earlier this year.

Daily News | September 10, 2019

The White House objects to a provision in the Senate Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that would give the Missile Defense Agency responsibility for a new hypersonic and ballistic space-based sensor constellation, saying the move could "restrict DOD's ability to design the most cost-effective solution."

Daily News | September 10, 2019

As the Air Force seeks additional funds to keep the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System on schedule, Senate appropriators are proposing a $536 million plus-up for the program that could fill a significant early funding gap. (UPDATED)

Daily News | September 06, 2019

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center expects a decision by the end of this month on a plan to nearly triple the ceiling of the Space Enterprise Consortium contract. It is also working separately to establish a follow-on effort that could be worth up to $12 billion.

Daily News | September 05, 2019

The Air Force's top civilian acquisition official said this week he's concerned a congressional proposal to create a separate acquisition executive for space could limit efforts to better integrate air and space capabilities.

Daily News | September 05, 2019

The Air Force is taking steps to institutionalize the work of its software factories -- a process that acquisition executive Will Roper hopes will help the service quantify the value the work its coders are doing and better communicate that to Congress and other stakeholders.

Daily News | September 05, 2019

The Air Force's fiscal year 2021 budget submission has been shaped by a vigorous planning and programming process -- similar to the Army's infamous "Night Court" -- aimed at assuring the service's proposed investments align with the National Defense Strategy.

Space Briefing | September 05, 2019

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