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 | November 29, 2018

As the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency awards early contracts for a satellite architecture demonstration program that could change the way the Defense Department approaches resiliency in space, the agency is working closely with the Air Force and other Pentagon stakeholders to make sure a plan is in place to transition to a formal program once the concept is proven.

Daily News | November 29, 2018

The vice chairman of the joint chiefs of staff said this week he's cautiously optimistic that better interservice dialogue on how to address electronic warfare capability gaps will help the Pentagon gain some edge over Chinese and Russian technological advancements.

The Insider | November 26, 2018

As the Pentagon drives the Air Force and Navy to bring key fighter aircraft to an 80 percent mission-capable rate, the head of the Pacific Air Forces said today he is working with his wing commanders to better understand what they need to increase aircraft availability.

Daily News | November 21, 2018

The F-22 program office has developed a "recovery plan" to meet Defense Secretary Jim Mattis' mandate that the fifth-generation fighter achieve an 80 percent mission-capable rate by the end of fiscal year 2019.

The Insider | November 20, 2018

The Air Force announced this week it has pushed the planned Dec. 15 GPS III launch to Dec. 18 in order to accommodate NASA's re-supply mission to the International Space Station.

Daily News | November 20, 2018

The F-22 program's use of Section 804 rapid prototyping authority has led the program office to restructure two key upgrade efforts into an iterative, two-phased software delivery plan aimed at fielding more capability at a faster pace.

Daily News | November 19, 2018

A top defense budget analyst expects the added cost to create a Space Force or Space Corps could range from $1.5 billion to $2.7 billion over five years, depending on the scope of the new organization.

The Insider | November 16, 2018

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The Insider | November 15, 2018

The Air Force expects it will take three to five years to repair damage to Tyndall Air Force Base, FL, caused by Hurricane Michael.

Space Briefing | November 15, 2018

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

Daily News | November 15, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory is nearing the end of a 40-month development and demonstration of live, virtual, constructive technology that could make training more realistic and secure.

Daily News | November 14, 2018

The Pentagon today awarded Lockheed Martin a $22.7 billion undefinitized contract action for F-35 low-rate initial production Lot 12 -- a deal that secures early production work for 255 U.S. and international partner aircraft.

Daily News | November 14, 2018

Air Force Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Stephen Wilson said today the service will need to reprogram funds in fiscal year 2019 to meet near-term readiness goals.

The Insider | November 08, 2018

The Air Force awarded Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp. a $255 million contract modification today for the Weather System Follow-On Microwave program.

Daily News | November 08, 2018

Funding delays dating back to the start of fiscal year 2018 have slowed the time line for a key Air Force assessment of cyber vulnerabilities in its major weapon systems from 2018 to 2020, a service spokeswoman confirmed to Inside Defense this week.

Daily News | November 08, 2018

The Pentagon recertified the funding baseline for its GPS ground segment modernization effort this summer, estimating the program will cost $8.4 billion.

Daily News | November 07, 2018

Air Force Space Command plans to work with gaming companies to improve the threat capabilities in its simulators, which officials say is one of the command's biggest training infrastructure gaps.

Daily News | November 02, 2018

Air Force Space Command's most recent Schriever Wargame reinforced the need to better integrate coalition partners into space operations.

Daily News | November 01, 2018

ST. GEORGE, UT -- As the Air Force prepares to release a request for proposals for a next-generation ejection seat to meet new safety and performance requirements, the service is working with two leading seatmakers to reduce risk before the competition starts.

Space Briefing | November 01, 2018

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

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