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 06, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee is calling for the Defense Department to craft a space warfighting policy that would review the resiliency of the national security space enterprise and its ability to defend against threats, defeat potential adversaries and deter future conflict.

Daily News | June 05, 2018

The Government Accountability Office is recommending Congress block funding for F-35 follow-on modernization until the Defense Department details the effort's acquisition program baseline.

Daily News | May 31, 2018

The Defense Department inspector general is concerned the Air Force has not determined the full impact of its decision last year to cut 192 units of a key F-15 electronic warfare capability.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of fiscal year 2019 defense policy legislation proposes a slew of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter provisions aimed at bolstering accountability mechanisms, improving the program's sustainment posture and supporting early funding for post-development upgrades.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

The Senate Armed Services Committee's mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill supports the Air Force's plan to scrap the Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System recapitalization effort and pursue an alternative, more survivable architecture.

Daily News | May 25, 2018

Air Force Space Command chief Gen. Jay Raymond said this week the service is on track to meet a congressional deadline for transitioning commercial satellite communications procurement from the Defense Information Systems Agency to Air Force Space Command.

Daily News | May 24, 2018

The Air Force recently upped the funding ceiling of its new space prototyping consortium from $100 million to $500 million due to its initial success and popularity within the Defense Department.

Daily News | May 23, 2018

The Air Force Sustainment Center's software development work has been a model for other agile development efforts within the service, but the commander of the organization said today that intellectual property concerns have created a significant barrier to moving more of that work in-house.

Daily News | May 23, 2018

The Air Force told Congress in a recent report that although it plans to make "substantial" investments in its range infrastructure to support live training of fifth-generation aircraft, it expects to balance those resources with development of more synthetic, simulated technologies.

Daily News | May 22, 2018

The Air Force has selected Boeing as the aircraft integrator for the B-52 re-engining program, and expects to have an approved acquisition strategy for the effort by September.

The Insider | May 22, 2018

BAE Systems announced today it has received a five-year contract worth more than $100 million from F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prime contractor Lockheed Martin to help strengthen the supply chain that supports the jet's electronic warfare suite.

Daily News | May 21, 2018

The Defense Department's latest industrial capabilities report identifies the national security space sector's highest risk technologies and resources areas, which it has labeled "essential to the national defense."

Daily News | May 18, 2018

A top Air Combat Command planning and requirements official said Friday that if the service's experimentation with a potential light-attack acquisition program proves successful, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of future experiments to further boost the service's attack aircraft fleet.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

Although the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle procurement strategy may require more upfront funding than other alternatives for meeting the service's assured access to space requirement, the plan may have the best long-term payoff, according to a recent report.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

The Air Force is working closely with launch service providers to assure they install a key autonomous safety system on new and legacy launch vehicles, a move aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of its ranges.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Senate appropriators this week the cost to base the new B-21 at a location that doesn't currently house bombers will likely be about $450 million per base, which is part of the reason the service plans to assign the aircraft at places that already have much of the infrastructure required to house it.

Daily News | May 16, 2018

The Defense Department recently submitted an interim report to Congress on the organization and management of the military space enterprise, and while it doesn't include any evaluation of the proposal to create a separate Space Corps, it does reveal several ongoing efforts to improve space acquisition, budgeting and warfighting.

Daily News | May 16, 2018

The new Pentagon-based vice commander of Air Force Space Command said Tuesday that although the last-minute $600 million plus-up provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two more legacy Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft was not something the service asked for, the Air Force may be able to apply some "innovative approaches" the way it buys the satellites.

Daily News | May 15, 2018

The Air Force estimates its planned multiyear procurement of 52 C-130J variants between fiscal years 2019 and 2023 will save about $572 million compared to an annual procurement approach.

The Insider | May 11, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory will hold its annual three-day Wright Dialogue with Industry event in July, a chance for companies to learn more about Air Force and NASA technology interests and key research and development efforts.

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