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 | July 23, 2019

Air Force Space Command is working to boost its test and training range infrastructure and is eyeing the creation of a new Space Test and Training Group in the next five to 10 years.

The Insider | July 19, 2019

A senior Air Force officer on Friday said the country would be "at a tremendous loss" if the administration and Congress do not move forward with a confirmation hearing for Gen. John Hyten, the nominee to serve as the next vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, who was accused of sexual misconduct by a senior military officer.

Daily News | July 18, 2019

The Air Force has delayed two upcoming United Launch Alliance missions after discovering an anomaly with a component shared by the company's Delta IV and Atlas V rockets.

Daily News | July 18, 2019

The Air Force has approved an acquisition strategy to buy at least 93 Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Force Element Terminals for an estimated cost of $3.8 billion, years after budget constraints drove the service to separate the airborne terminal acquisition effort from the overall program.

Daily News | July 12, 2019

SpaceX is pushing back on Air Force attempts to have the company's recent lawsuit dismissed, claiming in a document filed this week with the U.S. Court of Federal Claims that the court has jurisdiction to hear the case.

Space Briefing | July 11, 2019

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

Daily News | July 11, 2019

The Pentagon is asking for approval from Congress to reprogram $206 million to support alternate sourcing for foreign-made F-35 parts -- a move that appears to be driven by Turkey's likely departure from the program.

Daily News | July 10, 2019

As part of a scathing review of the House's proposed fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill, the White House Office of Management and Budget told House lawmakers this week a proposed $500 million cut to the Next-Generation Air Dominance program would delay the program by three years.

Daily News | July 10, 2019

Although the Pentagon did not ask for reprogramming authority for a key Air Force missile warning program in its recent omnibus request, the director of the Air Force's space acquisition programs confirmed today the service still intends to send a separate reprogramming to Congress in order to keep the program on schedule.

Daily News | July 08, 2019

The Defense Department is requesting authority from Congress to shift more than $500 million into the Air Force Working Capital Fund and the Transportation Working Capital Fund to handle an increase in readiness needs and a growing demand for airlift support.

Daily News | July 05, 2019

The Space Development Agency has issued its first request for information, calling on industry to propose concepts for "an agile, responsive" next-generation space architecture.

The Insider | July 03, 2019

Air Force Space Command plans to host a data innovation summit later this month to discuss new technologies that could inform the command's work to craft an enterprise-wide data strategy and roadmap.

Daily News | July 03, 2019

A group of Republican House lawmakers is proposing an amendment to the fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill that would give U.S. Special Operations Command the authority to buy new light-attack aircraft, even as the Air Force lengthens its own experimentation campaign to identify the airframe that best meets U.S. and partner requirements.

Daily News | July 03, 2019

The Air Force testing community is evaluating alternatives for creating a new integrated developmental and operational testing organization and will likely present those options to service leadership within the next few months.

The Insider | July 02, 2019

A new proposed amendment to the House fiscal year 2020 defense policy bill would require the Air Force to follow through on a past directive to release regular progress reports on the B-21 bomber program.

Daily News | June 27, 2019

The Air Force is requesting the U.S. Court of Federal Claims dismiss SpaceX's recent protest of the service’s launch vehicle development competition, arguing the court does not have jurisdiction to consider the case.

Daily News | June 27, 2019

The Defense Department has identified Ft. Drum, NY, as its preferred location for a continental United States interceptor site, telling lawmakers in a June 26 memo the location offers the best operational coverage of the four options they considered.

Daily News | June 26, 2019

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force's program executive officer for fighters and bombers told reporters last week the service is in the process of rebaselining the B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization effort -- a $3 billion overhaul aimed at improving the bomber's survivability.

The Insider | June 25, 2019

The Defense Department has named Derek Tournear to serve as acting director of the Space Development Agency, after the fledgling organization’s first director resigned last week amid reported disagreements with Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin.

Daily News | June 24, 2019

DAYTON, OH -- The Air Force Life-Cycle Management Center's propulsion directorate has identified three candidate programs that could become the first to benefit from technology being matured through the Adaptive Engine Transition Program.

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