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.

Daily News | March 23, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said this week the service may need Congress' assistance in negotiating with industry for intellectual property rights for new programs and for older systems with obsolete or obscure parts replacement needs.

Daily News | March 23, 2018

Congress is proposing several Air Force aircraft quantity increases in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill it released this week, including close to $1.2 billion to buy 11 new C-130J, MC-130J and HC-130J aircraft.

Daily News | March 22, 2018

The 2018 omnibus spending bill proposed this week requires the Air Force to brief Congress on the cost and schedule associated with its new Space-Based Infrared System strategy and designates overhead persistent infrared as a special interest item.

The Insider | March 20, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said today President Trump's recent endorsement of a separate "Space Force" has not changed the scope or content of an ongoing, congressionally directed Pentagon study of options for changing the way the service organizes and manages its space capabilities and personnel.

Daily News | March 16, 2018

The head of Air Force Materiel Command said this week she counts the service's ongoing light-attack experimentation effort as a success, but that the challenge will be in readying its acquisition enterprise to rapidly procure the aircraft.

Daily News | March 16, 2018

The Air Force's new acquisition executive is encouraging lawmakers to "take an active interest" in prototyping as a means of maturing and fielding new capabilities faster.

Daily News | March 16, 2018

The Air Force this week awarded contracts worth more than $640 million to SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance for five future national security space missions.

Daily News | March 15, 2018

The Air Force expects to adjust its plans to begin retiring KC-10s in fiscal year 2019 due to forecasted delays in the delivery of the first KC-46 tankers.

Daily News | March 14, 2018

The general in charge of Air Force Materiel Command told reporters Wednesday the service is working closely with the F-35 joint program office and prime contractor Lockheed Martin to stand up an organic software depot capability as soon as possible, but discussions around intellectual property have been delaying that process.

The Insider | March 14, 2018

President Trump's comments this week in support of a "Space Force" appear to be a departure from the Defense Department's and his own administration's stance on recent congressional proposals, however they may align with a recent report from the Office of Management and Budget on space organizational reform that found merit in the creation of a separate space service. 

Daily News | March 09, 2018

The under secretary of the Air Force said this week the service's decision to procure the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter on a measured ramp is as much about the current uncertainty around the program's operational testing time line and future modernization strategy as it is about cost.

The Insider | March 09, 2018

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Daily News | March 07, 2018

Initial cost estimates for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's newly re-shaped Continuous Capability Development and Delivery plan indicate the effort could cost the Defense Department about $16 billion in development and procurement funds through fiscal year 2024 -- though the head of the program told reporters Wednesday that number will likely shrink as the joint program office refines the details of its new strategy.

Daily News | March 06, 2018

The Air Force now expects initial KC-46 deliveries at the end of 2018, a schedule delay the Air Force says would push the program's required assets available milestone to late spring 2019.

Daily News | March 06, 2018

The Defense Department is considering restructuring the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center to manage space as an enterprise, rather than as a series of stovepiped mission sets.

Daily News | March 02, 2018

The Air Force's $1.8 billion, fiscal year 2019 unfunded requirements list includes boosts for the service's space, nuclear and military construction portfolios, but its largest request is an additional $800 million for a classified program.

Daily News | March 01, 2018

A new small launch procurement line in the Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request may indicate the service is positioning itself to respond to anticipated growth in the small satellite market.

Daily News | March 01, 2018

The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program told reporters this week that while negotiations with prime contractor Lockheed Martin for the next lot of low-rate initial production jets is progressing, he has been disappointed with a lack of collaboration from the company to significantly lower the aircraft's unit cost.

Daily News | February 28, 2018

The Air Force's Space Rapid Capabilities Office received a nearly $300 million increase in the service's fiscal year 2019 budget request, but, as one analyst pointed out this week, it's unclear whether that funding will be sustained in the coming years.

The Insider | February 27, 2018

Air Education and Training Command today lifted the operational pause on Air Force T-6 training flights, following a nearly three-week grounding due to pilot reports of unexplained physiological events.

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