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 | January 23, 2019

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has opted not to immediately grant a request from the Air Force to assume milestone decision authority for the troubled Next-Generation GPS Operational Control Segment program, but will reevaluate the possibility later this year.

Daily News | January 23, 2019

The Pentagon plans to establish a new Space Development Agency under the authority of Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Michael Griffin by the end of March, according to a new memo from acting Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan.

Daily News | January 18, 2019

After delaying the start of an official competition for an off-the-shelf light-attack aircraft, the under secretary of the Air Force confirmed today the service would continue an experimentation campaign and perhaps broaden its pool of aircraft contenders.

Daily News | January 17, 2019

The Air Force has achieved critical design review for a major upgrade to the B-2 bomber's defensive management system.

The Insider | January 16, 2019

The National Air and Space Intelligence Center released a report today detailing trends in the space domain and highlighting threats and challenges posed by foreign space capabilities.

Daily News | January 16, 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency has narrowed a pool of potential competitors in its responsive launch challenge from 55 to 18 and plans to announce those companies by the end of February.

The Insider | January 15, 2019

As part of the Air Force's work to rebuild Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, after Hurricane Michael severely damaged the base in October, the service plans to award a sole-source communications infrastructure contract -- a key step in enabling command-and-control operations at the base.

Daily News | January 11, 2019

The Council on Environmental Quality has approved an Air Force request for an interim beddown of its F-22 Formal Training Unit at Eglin Air Force Base, FL -- a move the service said was necessary after damage from Hurricane Michael displaced the unit.

Space Briefing | January 10, 2019

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

Daily News | January 10, 2019

The Air Force announced today it has accepted delivery of the Boeing-made KC-46 tanker, but says it has "mechanisms in place" -- including an option to withhold up to $1.5 billion from the company's contract -- to ensure Boeing completes fixes to the remote vision system that were identified during developmental testing.

Daily News | January 10, 2019

The Air Force has "restructured" a key upgrade effort for the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System, but is providing little detail on how the program has been reshaped.

Daily News | January 10, 2019

The Pentagon needs to cut about 43 percent of the annual cost to sustain the F-35A by 2036 in order to meet sustainment affordability goals, according to a new report to Congress.

Daily News | January 09, 2019

The Air Force sent Congress an update last month on the progress of programs approved for Section 804 authority, and included specific "guardrails" that will trigger congressional notification if the program isn't performing as planned.

Daily News | January 03, 2019

The Air Force appears to be moving forward with a drawn-out effort to develop airborne satellite communication terminals as part of its Family of Advanced Beyond Line of Sight Terminals program, releasing a justification document late last month that details its plan to sole-source the effort to Raytheon.

The Insider | January 02, 2019

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan will remain the Pentagon's point person for shaping a legislative proposal for a new Space Force.

The Insider | January 02, 2019

Boeing and the Air Force have yet to finalize the delivery of the first KC-46 tanker, which was most recently slated to happen by the end of 2018.

Daily News | December 27, 2018

An Air Force team is crafting a study on live, virtual and constructive training concepts meant to inform near-term budget and strategy around how to improve training for fifth-generation aircraft.

Daily News | December 20, 2018

The Defense Department is working on an amendment to its acquisition rules that would place more restrictions on procurement of some foreign commercial satellite services and would prohibit the purchase of items from some Chinese military companies.

The Insider | December 20, 2018

A GPS III launch slated to fly from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL, today has been canceled due to weather concerns at the launch site.

Daily News | December 19, 2018

The Pentagon has classified a congressionally required Center for Naval Analyses report recommending a roadmap for standing up an independent Space Force. 

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