Courtney Albon

Courtney Albon is Inside the Air Force's managing editor. 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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The Insider | May 07, 2018

The F-35 joint program office announced Monday it has resumed acceptance of the Lockheed-made jet but would not confirm who would be footing the bill -- despite past claims from Pentagon officials that the government would not be paying for the repair costs.

The Insider | May 07, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry's (R-TX) mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill includes a provision that would limit the Air Force's KC-46 tanker procurement effort until the Federal Aviation Administration signs off on the program's final certification.

Daily News | May 04, 2018

The Air Force announced Friday it plans to award sole-source contracts to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to produce the initial satellites in its new Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrastructure architecture.

Daily News | May 04, 2018

EVERETT, WA -- Boeing officials this week said the company is working "shoulder to shoulder" with the Air Force to deliver the first next-generation KC-46 tankers by the end of the year, telling reporters here the program's schedule problems are largely a thing of the past.

Daily News | May 03, 2018

EVERETT, WA -- As Boeing and the Air Force continue to work toward delivery of the first KC-46 tanker, the company is expecting a contract from the service this summer to explore future tanker capabilities.

Daily News | May 03, 2018

The Air Force's new acquisition executive wants to see innovation in sustainment, and he's planning to host an industry day later this month to explore new sustainment concepts with industry.

Daily News | May 02, 2018

The Air Force's top acquisition official said recently that if a proposal by House lawmakers to disband the Strategic Capabilities Office is successful, several of the service's development efforts could slip or be forced to restart.

The Insider | May 01, 2018

Speaking Tuesday during a ceremony at the White House, President Trump again referenced the possibility of a new military service for space, which he has dubbed the "Space Force."

The Insider | May 01, 2018

The Air Force's deputy chief of staff for strategic deterrence and nuclear integration told reporters Tuesday the service is in the midst of collecting a broad range of data intended to inform a nuclear mission assessment, which it will complete at the end of the year.

The Insider | May 01, 2018

In an April 30 letter signed by 50 congressional representatives, lawmakers urged the leaders of the House Armed Services Committee and House Appropriations defense subcommittee to support the Air Force's plans to procure 18 KC-46 tankers in 2019.

Daily News | April 27, 2018

The Air Force is working with the F-35 joint program office to identify possible "pathfinder" projects to test its ability to incorporate agile software development into large programs of record.

The Insider | April 27, 2018

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Daily News | April 27, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- For the first time, the Pentagon's top strategy documents include language about space as a warfighting domain -- a change that Defense Department officials say is driving changes to the way the military thinks about protecting its on-orbit assets.

Daily News | April 27, 2018

House lawmakers want the Defense Department to give greater consideration to responsive and reusable launch capabilities as they pursue future launch services and may require DOD to solicit reusable spacelift services beginning in March 2019.

Daily News | April 27, 2018

After the Air Force canceled a B-2 satellite communications upgrade in its fiscal year 2019 budget request, lawmakers are working to assure the service has a plan to keep the bomber's communication system up to date.

Daily News | April 27, 2018

House lawmakers want the Air Force to consider the implications of recompeting a contract for F-35 cockpit canopy transparencies in order to drive down cost and secure the supply chain.

Daily News | April 26, 2018

As the Air Force looks to speed up its plans to field the follow-on to its Space Based Infrared System constellation, lawmakers want more details about the new architectures the service may pursue.

Daily News | April 25, 2018

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is recommending the creation of a new numbered Air Force that would be responsible for the service's warfighting operations and could lay the groundwork for a future Space Corps.

The Insider | April 24, 2018

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told lawmakers Tuesday he anticipates an ongoing review of the service's aircraft force-structure requirements will point to a need for more than 100 B-21 bombers.

Daily News | April 19, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Incumbent Lockheed Martin is the only company to confirm its bid to develop the next generation of GPS III satellites, potentially forcing the Air Force to launch a sole-source acquisition for what was supposed to be a rigorous competition between at least three providers.

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