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 | February 23, 2018

The Air Force is delaying a decision about how to proceed with the second Space Fence radar site, excluding funding for the initiative from its fiscal year 2019 budget request.

The Insider | February 23, 2018

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | February 22, 2018

The Air Force's recent budget submission confirms that its highly secretive Silentbarker surveillance satellite is part of its strategy to replace the legacy Space-Based Space Surveillance constellation, providing new details on a little-known space situational awareness program.

Daily News | February 15, 2018

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request reveals some details of its plan to retire legacy B-2 and B-1 bombers as it begins to field the B-21 in the mid 2020s.

Daily News | February 15, 2018

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget offers new details on its plan to recapitalize the Space-Based Infrared System and support future overhead persistent infrared requirements, even as the effort still lacks an approved acquisition strategy.

Daily News | February 14, 2018

The Air Force's budget outlook for Next-Generation Air Dominance has nearly doubled in its fiscal year 2019 funding request, which proposes $9.8 billion over the next five years to support continued experimentation and risk reduction for a new air dominance family of systems.

Daily News | February 13, 2018

Air Force officials say the service is still targeting an annual F-35 production rate of 60 aircraft, but in the near term, the focus is on maintaining a "manageable ramp" in order to avoid undue strain on its production and logistics infrastructure.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Air Force's $156.3 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal calls for 48 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 15 KC-46 aerial refuelers and 36,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

The Insider | February 09, 2018

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

The Defense Department is in the midst of several test and training range upgrades in preparation for F-35 initial operational test and evaluation as well as to support the fifth-generation aircraft's long-term range needs.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

As the Space and Missile Systems Center works to establish a more enterprise-focused approach to operational command and control, a Space Defense Task Force is working to incorporate new software development and delivery concepts and to ensure that those deliveries are cybersecure.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

The Air Force is establishing a marketplace to support research and development across its data link enterprise.

The Insider | February 08, 2018

The Air Force today announced it plans to release a request for proposals for the second phase of GPS III Follow-On satellite production "on or about" Feb. 13.

Daily News | February 07, 2018

The Air Force will hold a conference this week to determine the next steps for addressing a recent string of physiological events that has grounded the T-6 training jet.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

The Air Force has opted not to conduct a combat demonstration of light-attack aircraft capabilities, and will instead continue experimentation with two non-developmental aircraft -- Textron's AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada and Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

The Air Force released a combined request for proposals this week for five Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle missions that will be awarded later this year.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

Amid concerns from the Pentagon's top weapons tester that the Air Force had no plans to conduct operational cybersecurity testing of the GPS III Operational Control Segment's baseline capability, the service confirmed this week it is planning two cyber assessments this spring and summer.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

Developing an operationally representative environment to test the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Autonomic Logistics Information System could help the program identify and fix problems earlier, according to the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation.

The Insider | February 02, 2018

Some must-reads from this week's Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 funding appropriation has stalled new military construction contracts at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, that are key to preparing the base to begin receiving F-35s in 2020.

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