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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The Insider | April 30, 2019

The Air Force on Monday awarded Boeing a contract worth up to $5.7 billion for future KC-46 tanker upgrades.

Daily News | April 29, 2019

The Government Accountability Office is recommending the Defense Department hold off on awarding additional F-35 Block 4 development contracts until an independent cost estimate is completed and the program office conducts a partial technology readiness assessment and has an approved test and evaluation master plan.

Daily News | April 26, 2019

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center is working with Boeing to double the capability of the next Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicle -- a strategy that could give the service the option to buy one satellite instead of two.

Daily News | April 25, 2019

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in a letter today that the service is committed to its strategy for launch procurement.

Daily News | April 25, 2019

A new Government Accountability Office report claims that the F-35 program's faulty planning and allocation of spare parts has contributed to an inability to meet warfighter requirements, and offers eight recommendations to improve the program's supply chain management.

Daily News | April 25, 2019

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk reportedly admitted to the Defense Department that the company's losing bid for launch vehicle development funding "missed the mark," according to a newly released DOD inspector general report.

Daily News | April 25, 2019

The first task under a new $14.3 billion bomber modernization and sustainment contract awarded to Boeing earlier this month will study integration options for a new advanced extremely high frequency nuclear command-and-control channel.

The Insider | April 24, 2019

The Air Force wants to shift $87 million to buy and install Enhanced On-Board Oxygen Generating Systems on its 445 T-6 trainers.

Daily News | April 24, 2019

The Defense Department is requesting a $15 million reprogramming to establish the Space Development Agency and $19 million to stand up U.S. Space Command -- two critical components of the Pentagon's plan to reorganize the military space enterprise.

Daily News | April 23, 2019

The Air Force wants to establish a joint information operations center to help the space community better manage satellite communications resources as part of a broader enterprise SATCOM strategy that is set to be released later this year.

Space Briefing | April 18, 2019

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

Daily News | April 17, 2019

As Raytheon and the Air Force work to complete development of the next-generation GPS III ground segment, OCX, the service is beginning to plan for system sustainment and future capability insertion and is considering whether to compete that work or maintain Raytheon as its prime contractor.

Daily News | April 17, 2019

Two California lawmakers said this week they’re concerned the Pentagon’s plan to create a new Space Development Agency duplicates the Air Force’s Space and Missile Systems Center and could “undermine” the organization’s "proven track record."

Daily News | April 16, 2019

The F-35 joint program office estimates its Block 4 plan will cost $10.5 billion over seven years, plus an additional $2.8 billion to modify 441 jets to the new configuration.

The Insider | April 15, 2019

The Air Force announced today it has deployed the F-35A to the Middle East for its first operational deployment in the region.

Daily News | April 15, 2019

The head of the Air Force's National Security Space Launch enterprise says he's confident there are “multiple providers” that can meet the requirements to support its Launch Services Procurement strategy.

The Insider | April 15, 2019

The Air Force has awarded Boeing a contract worth up to $14.3 billion for B-1 and B-52 modernization and sustainment.

Daily News | April 11, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Air Force acquisition chief Will Roper will meet with senior leaders next week to discuss the importance of a standalone $623 million reprogramming request for the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared program -- one of the service’s top space modernization efforts.

Daily News | April 10, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The head of the new Space Development Agency said this week he plans to spend the next five months refining the architecture for a new proliferated low-earth orbit constellation and will issue initial requests for information to industry as soon as this summer.

The Insider | April 09, 2019

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force expects to begin accepting KC-46 deliveries again in two weeks after additional foreign object debris discoveries halted acceptance a second time.

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