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 | May 21, 2019

A new report from the Government Accountability Office urges the Defense Department to direct an independent review of the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control System's schedule, noting that the information could offer lawmakers and department leaders key information to mitigate risk of future delays.

Daily News | May 21, 2019

The director of the Air National Guard said today he has a team working closely with Pentagon leaders to make sure that the Guard component of the future Space Force remains lean and transitions to the new service smoothly and with minimal new bureaucracy.

Daily News | May 20, 2019

House appropriators say the Defense Department's case to create a Space Force lacks substance and suggest in a draft of the fiscal year 2020 defense funding bill that the Pentagon can improve the military space enterprise without creating a separate service.

Daily News | May 20, 2019

House appropriators are concerned the Air Force's fiscal year 2020 budget request doesn't include the resources to adequately grow its fighter fleet, saying in a report accompanying a draft mark of the funding bill the service needs to boost F-35 procurement even as it recapitalizes its fourth-generation fleet.

Space Briefing | May 16, 2019

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

The Insider | May 15, 2019

Air Force Under Secretary Matt Donovan will serve as acting secretary beginning June 1.

The Insider | May 15, 2019

The Air Force has announced six installations as candidate locations for the new U.S. Space Command.

Daily News | May 14, 2019

The Air Force plans to use an expansive, sole-source KC-46 Pegasus post-production contract, worth up to $5.7 billion over 10 years, to craft and implement a roadmap for future tanker capabilities.

The Insider | May 14, 2019

House appropriators are backing an Air Force plan to buy new fourth-generation fighters and are proposing adding 12 F-35s and four C-130Js to the Pentagon's fiscal year 2020 budget request, according to a draft spending bill released today.

Daily News | May 14, 2019

The House Appropriations defense subcommittee's draft fiscal year 2020 defense spending bill proposes continued study and refinement of the Defense Department's plan to establish a Space Force and puts a hold on funding for a new Space Development Agency until the Air Force offers more details on the organization's mission.

Daily News | May 09, 2019

A bipartisan group of lawmakers is urging the leaders of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Appropriations defense subcommittee to add eight C-130J aircraft above what the Air Force and Navy requested in fiscal year 2020.

Daily News | May 08, 2019

A new report from the Congressional Budget Office estimates the Pentagon's proposal to create a new Space Force could cost between $820 million and $1.3 billion annually to manage and operate and require $1.1 billion to $3 billion in one-time startup costs.

Daily News | May 08, 2019

The Pentagon is proposing legislative language that would exclude the new U.S. Space Command from manpower cost restrictions for fiscal years 2020 and 2021 to give the Defense Department the funding margin it needs to stand up the new combatant command.

Daily News | May 07, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has signed off on the Space Force Task Force's initial work plan, authorizing the team to design an organizational structure for the new service's initial staff and recommend a broader plan for which existing units will transfer from other agencies into the Space Force.

Daily News | May 07, 2019

The Defense Department is requesting congressional authority to award economic order quantity contracts for F-35 production lots 15 through 17 and is still determining whether to pursue a multiyear deal for those aircraft.

Daily News | May 03, 2019

The Air Force has formally released a request for proposals to buy launch services, setting in motion a competition that will shape the future government launch market.

The Insider | May 03, 2019

F-35 prime contractor Lockheed Martin said this week the Pentagon's goal to reach a $25,000 cost per flying hour for the A variant by 2025 is achievable and fits into its broader strategy to reduce the fifth-generation aircraft's sustainment costs.

Daily News | May 02, 2019

The head of the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office and the F-35 program executive officer said today the program isn't likely to meet an Office of the Secretary of Defense target to reduce the A-model jet's cost per flying hour to $25,000 by fiscal year 2025.

Space Briefing | May 02, 2019

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

Daily News | May 01, 2019

The Air Force could start initial operational test and evaluation for the KC-46 Pegasus later this month, after a successful April 2 test execution review.

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