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 | June 21, 2018

Air Force and Navy sustainment officials have been working since December to develop a detailed cost estimate for a plan to establish an organic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter software maintenance capability and will brief the program's sustainment lead in the next few weeks.

Daily News | June 21, 2018

The lawmaker leading efforts within Congress to reorganize the military space enterprise under a separate service told Inside Defense this week that while President Trump's direction to establish a Space Force will give momentum to ongoing efforts, the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill will not likely authorize the creation of a new military service.

The Insider | June 20, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters today the Pentagon will have further discussions Friday with national security adviser John Bolton about implementing President Trump's orders for a Space Force.

The Insider | June 20, 2018

The Air Force and Boeing have agreed to a new KC-46 schedule that sets October as the anticipated date of the first new tanker delivery.

The Insider | June 20, 2018

Air Force leaders told airmen this week the process to establish a Space Force, at the direction of President Trump, will be "thorough, deliberate and inclusive."

Daily News | June 19, 2018

Although it's unclear how the Pentagon will implement President Trump's direction this week to establish a new “Space Force,” some Defense Department analysts and former officials say the White House's endorsement of the controversial proposal could diminish resistance within the Defense Department and make room for compromise among House and Senate lawmakers.

The Insider | June 18, 2018

President Trump announced today he is directing the Defense Department to establish an independent "space force."

Daily News | June 14, 2018

The head of the Air Force Sustainment Center told lawmakers Thursday the intellectual property that supports weapon system development has become more valuable than the actual hardware -- a shift that has sparked some concern among lawmakers and the Defense Department as they struggle to negotiate with industry for access to those data rights.

Daily News | June 14, 2018

A series of demonstrations this month at Nellis Air Force Base in Nevada could pave the way for a new technology meant tovastly improve the quality of the service's training for fourth- and fifth-generation aircraft.

Daily News | June 13, 2018

The Air Force confirmed this week an acquisition program baseline for the Three-Dimensional Expeditionary Long Range Radar was signed in late April, and the service is on track to begin testing of the system in fiscal year 2020.

Daily News | June 13, 2018

NEW YORK -- The president of Pratt & Whitney's military engine group said this week the company is working to cut the cost to fly the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's propulsion system in half over the next 10 years, telling reporters sustainment is a top priority for the engine manufacturer.

Daily News | June 08, 2018

The Air Force confirmed this week it has completed two key cybersecurity tests on the Next-Generation GPS Operational Control Segment, telling Inside Defense the tests validate that the service has “a robust cybersecurity implementation on the OCX system.”

Daily News | June 08, 2018

The head of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said today the service is working with Boeing to use commercial approaches to buy the 11th and 12th Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicles.

The Insider | June 08, 2018

Air Force Global Strike Command has ordered a stand-down of the B-1B Lancer fleet after discovering "an issue" with ejection-seat components following an emergency landing of a B-1B in Midland, TX.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

Senate lawmakers want to boost funding for the Air Force's Evolved Space-Based Infrared System program, proposing an additional $100 million to accelerate development of advanced sensors.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

Concerned about potential capability and capacity gaps prior to fielding the Air Force's next-generation B-21 bomber, Senate authorizers want an update on modernization plans for the B-52 and B-2 fleets.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

Senate lawmakers want the Air Force to prototype capabilities to operate a tanker in a contested environment, providing funding in their mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation to pursue the effort.

Daily News | June 07, 2018

As the F-35 Joint Program Office continues to refine its strategy for follow-on development, the Senate Armed Services Committee is concerned about the cost to upgrade older jets to the most modern configuration and is proposing more than $88 million in its mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation to support fleet retrofits.

The Insider | June 06, 2018

Senate lawmakers have proposed eliminating Air Force pass-through funding -- a practice by which other services and agencies request funds for non-Air Force projects within the service's budget request.

Daily News | June 06, 2018

Senate authorizers are asking the Defense Department for details on what it would take to upgrade the legacy GPS Operational Control Segment to match, or come close to matching, the capabilities being built into the troubled next-generation control segment development effort.

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