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 23, 2018

Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Tuesday he does not expect the intelligence community will be integrated with the proposed Space Force until later in the organization's evolution, noting there is disagreement within the Pentagon on how quickly the new military department should grow.

Daily News | October 23, 2018

The National Space Council made six recommendations regarding Defense Department space reorganization during an Oct. 23 meeting.

Space Briefing | October 18, 2018

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

Daily News | October 18, 2018

The Air Force will meet with potential B-52 engine vendors next month to update them on the program strategy and time line.

Daily News | October 17, 2018

The Air Force expects the F-22 Raptors left behind at Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, during Hurricane Michael to all be repairable, but officials are still waiting to conduct thorough assessments of the jets.

Daily News | October 15, 2018

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is proposing the use of new rapid prototyping authorities to develop a follow-on to the Advanced Extremely High Frequency satellite constellation.

The Insider | October 12, 2018

The National Space Council will meet Oct. 23 to discuss progress being made to develop a Space Force.

Daily News | October 11, 2018

The Air Force underfunded its Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort by about $1.6 billion in its fiscal year 2019 budget request and may seek to recover that difference in FY-20, according to a draft of the program's funding requirements.

The Insider | October 11, 2018

Lockheed Martin and Leonardo confirmed today that neither company would protest the Air Force's $9.2 billion contract award to a Boeing-Saab team to develop the next-generation trainer.

Daily News | October 10, 2018

The Air Force announced Wednesday it has awarded more than $2.2 billion in other transaction agreements to Northrop Grumman, United Launch Alliance and Blue Origin to develop launch vehicles to compete for future national security space launches.

Daily News | October 10, 2018

Air Force acquisition executive Will Roper recently approved waivers for two major programs, the next-generation T-X trainer and the GPS III Follow-on constellation, bypassing requirements to conduct pre-milestone B design reviews and industrial technical risk assessments.

The Insider | October 05, 2018

Here are some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | October 05, 2018

A new report commissioned by the White House highlights concerns that next-generation aircraft development programs could face workforce shortages, noting that insufficient, inconsistent research and development investment has made it harder for the major aircraft developers to maintain an innovative edge.

Daily News | October 04, 2018

The Pentagon's recent $11.5 billion contract award to Lockheed Martin for 141 F-35s includes the first round of new performance incentives aimed at driving the program's supply chain to improve production and sustainment efficiency.

Space Briefing | October 04, 2018

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Daily News | October 04, 2018

The Air Force's decision to increase the contract ceiling of a popular space technology consortium will allow more large programs to utilize the prototyping mechanism, according to the service's consortium manager.

The Insider | October 03, 2018

The F-35 joint program office confirmed Wednesday that Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has approved the Joint Strike Fighter's operational test readiness review.

Daily News | October 02, 2018

The head of the F-35 joint program office expects the Pentagon to approve an updated Block 4 modernization strategy later this month.

Daily News | October 01, 2018

The F-35 program executive officer will meet with the Pentagon acquisition chief Tuesday to review the effort's operational test readiness and sign off on a plan to begin the key testing slate in mid-November.

Daily News | September 28, 2018

The Air Force announced a contract with Boeing this week that includes options to buy up to 475 new trainers -- 124 more than the current requirement -- in a deal the service says will provide flexibility to buy jets at a faster pace and potentially higher quantities.

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