Courtney Albon

Courtney Albon was senior editor for aviation and space at Inside Defense until December 2021. She 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.

Archived Articles
The Insider | November 8, 2021

Viasat Inc. announced today it will acquire Inmarsat, and the two global satellite communications companies have reached a definitive agreement for the deal, valued at $7.3 billion.

The Insider | November 5, 2021

The Air Force today awarded Lockheed Martin a 10-year, $10.8 billion contract for F-22 sustainment.

The Insider | November 4, 2021

Three companies recently demonstrated a satellite communications capability that would allow users to send data over multiple paths and seamlessly switch between low Earth orbit and geostationary orbit constellations.

Daily News | November 2, 2021

Top Air Force and Space Force leadership this week issued a memo outlining near-term organizational shifts and directing a slate of management initiatives, including a review of the department's cybersecurity and defense posture, its process for transitioning technology and an assessment of how well current resources align with the National Defense Strategy.

Daily News | November 2, 2021

The Space Force's Commercial Satellite Communications Office last week briefed industry on its procurement outlook for 2022 and 2023, which includes $2.8 billion in contracts across a slew of new projects, the largest of which is for proliferated low Earth orbit satellite communications services, valued at up to $875 million.

The Insider | November 2, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory has named its first deputy technology executive officer for space science and technology tasked with ensuring space science and technology efforts are integrated across the lab. 

The Insider | October 29, 2021

The Air Force today awarded General Electric a $1.6 billion contract to provide its F110 engine for the F-15EX.

Daily News | October 29, 2021

The CEO of L3Harris said today the company is making "good progress" on a major F-35 technology refresh effort, following significant delays and cost growth in recent years. 

The Insider | October 28, 2021

The Government Accountability Office today dismissed a protest of the Space Development Agency's Tranche 1 Transport Layer solicitation, following the agency's decision to rescind the original solicitation and reissue it as an other transaction agreement "to avoid the perception that competition was limited in some way." (UPDATED)

Daily News | October 28, 2021

The chairman of the House Armed Services readiness subcommittee wants more details from the military services on their near-term funding and execution plans for modernizing their depot facilities.

Daily News | October 28, 2021

The F-15EX this week completed its first operational testing exercise at Nellis Air Force Base, NV -- six months after the service had its first two aircraft on hand.

Daily News | October 26, 2021

Lockheed Martin is projecting a 2.5% drop in 2021 revenue, due in part to a re-baseline of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's production plan.

Daily News | October 25, 2021

The head of Air Combat Command said today that a future advanced tactical trainer that has the flexibility to serve as a surrogate fighter aircraft may call for different requirements than the T-7 Boeing is currently building to replace the aging T-38.

The Insider | October 21, 2021

The Space Force is considering a future production program aimed at fielding low-cost space domain awareness sensors as hosted payloads and is seeking concepts from industry in a new request for information.

Daily News | October 20, 2021

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- U.S. Transportation Command is ready to move forward with a "proof of principle" demonstration of space cargo transport capabilities, but officials expect it will likely be another year before SpaceX, its current launch vehicle partner, is ready to move forward.

Daily News | October 19, 2021

The Senate Appropriations Committee is proposing a $323 million cut to the Space Force’s Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program’s space and ground segments in its version of the fiscal year 2022 defense spending bill.

Daily News | October 18, 2021

Frustrated by delays to the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's near-term modernization plans, Senate appropriators want to cut $365.8 million from the program's $1.9 billion budget request for fiscal year 2022 -- a proposal that, if enacted, could lead to further delays as the program seeks to ready its jets for the future high-end fight.

Space Briefing | October 14, 2021

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

Daily News | October 13, 2021

After canceling an open solicitation to industry this summer aimed at supporting a new concept for streamlining pilot training, Project Reforge, the Air Force this week initiated the acquisition process for a new advanced training jet that would meet the requirements of Reforge and possibly serve as an adversary air platform and tactical aircraft surrogate.

The Insider | October 13, 2021

The Space Development Agency is preparing to release a request for proposals for a slate of demonstration and experimentation satellites meant to augment the Tranche 1 Transport Layer.

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