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 | November 09, 2017

Lawmakers are seeking to release the Air Force from restrictive policy barring the service from investing in launch technologies other than the engine, if the service validates that competitors in its Launch Services Agreement program have conducted a successful full-scale test of a domestic rocket engine.

The Insider | November 08, 2017

The Defense Department inspector general's office released a redacted 2015 audit of the Long-Range Strike Bomber, now the B-21 program.

Daily News | November 08, 2017

Lawmakers stopped short of directing the creation of a separate Space Corps in their fiscal year 2017 defense policy bill, but do propose changes to the space acquisition process and eliminate several key space leadership slots, including the brand new deputy chief of staff for space superiority role. (UPDATED)

The Insider | November 03, 2017

The commander of the Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center said today the service needs to do a better job of investing science and technology funding in space programs.

Daily News | November 03, 2017

ORLANDO, FL -- The results of a recent Air Mobility Command capability-based assessment have further focused the command chief's interest in adapting stealth technology and directed energy systems for future tankers and could lay the groundwork for a demonstration within the next six months.

Daily News | November 03, 2017

ORLANDO, FL -- As the Air Force modernizes its geographic Air Operations Centers under the pathfinder upgrade program, Air Mobility Command is working to establish its global AOC as a program of record that is better integrated with the regional network.

Daily News | November 03, 2017

ORLANDO, FL -- Air Mobility Command is preparing to change the way it manages aircraft fleets that could extend the life of its platforms and give them more flexibility to respond to operational needs.

The Insider | November 03, 2017

The Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center announced this week it has accepted delivery of the next-generation GPS ground segment's baseline system, which will support future GPS III satellite launches.

Daily News | November 02, 2017

Air Force Space Command is partnering with the National Reconnaissance Office on a classified space situational awareness program called “Silent Barker.”

Daily News | November 02, 2017

ORLANDO, FL -- Following a directed energy summit earlier this year, Air Force leaders have decided to first demonstrate a podded laser on a mobility platform as an interim step toward integrating the capability on a fighter jet.

Daily News | November 01, 2017

Air Force leaders are eyeing new technology that could leverage the space domain to support tanker and airlift missions.

The Insider | October 27, 2017

ORLANDO, FL -- Senior Air Force officials will meet next week for the service's annual Corona meeting and will discuss, among many other topics, the future of information technology contracting.

Daily News | October 27, 2017

The Air Force wants to leverage commercial industry's anticipated development of space internet satellite constellations to experiment with and establish a seamless communication and data-sharing capability.

Daily News | October 27, 2017

The Air Force is still refining its Space-Based Infrared System follow-on strategy, and is putting "intense focus" on ensuring the program is structured to meet emerging requirements and resiliency concerns.

Daily News | October 27, 2017

As the Air Force looks to speed up its acquisition process by expanding its use of certain authorities, the service's space community is working to identify some "exemplar" programs to pilot those concepts.

The Insider | October 24, 2017

Twelve Air Force F-35As will deploy to Kadena Air Base, Japan, next month for a six-month deployment, marking the Air Force variant's first operational tasking to the Asia-Pacific region.

Daily News | October 24, 2017

The Air Force's new under secretary said this week he applauds the F-35 joint program office's new plan to incorporate agile software development into its follow-on modernization strategy, noting it will help lay the foundation for the service's approach to future fighter capability development.

Daily News | October 23, 2017

The Defense Department will begin its deep-dive review of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's cost this month, planning meetings with principal contractors Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman and BAE in the coming weeks.

Daily News | October 20, 2017

Raytheon delivered the next-generation GPS ground control segment's Block 0 launch and checkout system to the Air Force late last month, the service confirmed this week.

Daily News | October 20, 2017

A new Air Force charter would seek to apply procurement authorities granted to the Rapid Capabilities Office to other high-priority programs, expanding the service's ability to streamline the acquisition process and field new capabilities more quickly.

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