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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Daily News | January 26, 2018

The director of operational test and evaluation said in his 2017 report the Air Force's test plan for the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System is unrealistic and could cause delays to the Space Fence radar.

Daily News | January 25, 2018

The Pentagon's new chief weapons tester said in his 2017 report he expects initial operational test of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will likely begin late this year -- a shift from his predecessor's prediction that operational testing could be delayed until 2020.

Daily News | January 24, 2018

The F-35 joint program office's first stab at a revamped modernization strategy "was not executable" because of a lack of testing resources and a too-optimistic schedule, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

Daily News | January 23, 2018

The White House Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a recent report that significant changes to space organization within the Defense Department, including the option to create a separate 'Space Force,' are "not only prudent, but also necessary" -- an apparent departure from DOD's stance on space organizational reform.

Daily News | January 18, 2018

The Air Force is slated to launch its fourth Space-Based Infrared System satellite to geosynchronous orbit tonight, securing the baseline capability for the persistent missile warning constellation.

Daily News | January 18, 2018

The nominee for the long-vacant Air Force acquisition executive role is planning "a very deep-dive" look at the F-35 program, particularly in the area of sustainment.

Daily News | January 18, 2018

As the Air Force prepares to build a fiscal year 2020 budget request that reflects the priorities of the forthcoming National Defense Strategy, the service this week began a two-month zero-base review of its programs to determine how and whether they help increase lethality against future threats.

The Insider | January 17, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has directed the establishment of a new, three-star Air Force Space Command vice commander position that would be based in the national capital region.

Daily News | January 12, 2018

As momentum picks up on efforts to modernize the GPS enterprise, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin are working to mitigate demand for a key testing resource.

Daily News | January 12, 2018

The Air Force has completed a long-awaited cost-capability analysis of a plan to field airborne wideband force element terminals to fly on nuclear capable bomber and reconnaissance aircraft as part of its Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program.

Daily News | January 12, 2018

The Air National Guard is crafting an acquisition strategy for outside training support for distributed mission operations starting as soon as July.

The Insider | January 12, 2018

Some must-reads from this week's Inside the Air Force.

The Insider | January 12, 2018

The Air Force announced this week its fourth geosynchronous Space-Based Infrared System satellite is encapsulated and ready for a Jan. 18 launch from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

Daily News | January 11, 2018

The newest version of the F-35 Autonomic Logistics Information System completed formal testing late last year and could be approved for installation at the first operational validation site in late February.

The Insider | January 05, 2018

The Air Force today released a request for information seeking industry input on its forthcoming deep-dive into future electronic warfare capabilities.

Daily News | January 05, 2018

The Air Force is planning to extend and increase the value of an operations and maintenance contract for a key ground-based radar in order to implement an urgent reliability and performance upgrade.

Daily News | January 05, 2018

The Air Force's National Space Defense Center will transition to 24/7 operations this month, U.S. Strategic Command confirmed recently.

The Insider | January 05, 2018

General Atomics recently inked a yearlong management, support and maintenance contract worth nearly $329 million for its MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator -- which is set to retire this spring.

The Insider | January 05, 2018

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | January 04, 2018

The Air Force has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Orbital ATK that puts the company on a path to compete with SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance to fly national security space missions.

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