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 | August 09, 2018

The Pentagon hasn't yet determined the cost to create a new Space Force, but the deputy defense secretary said today he assumes it will require "billions" of dollars in additional resources.

Space Briefing | August 09, 2018

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

Daily News | August 09, 2018

At the behest of President Trump, the Pentagon has begun taking immediate steps to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military -- a Space Force -- by 2020, though its creation requires congressional authorization, according to a new report provided to Congress.

Daily News | August 09, 2018

The Air Force this week awarded Boeing $10 million to begin studying future capability integration on the yet-to-be-fielded KC-46 tanker.

Daily News | August 08, 2018

The F-35 program's concurrency cost estimate fell 2 percent from March 2017 to March 2018, reflecting a considerable drop in forecasted issues balanced by an increase in realized costs, according to a new report to Congress.

Daily News | August 02, 2018

The leader of the Air Force's mobility mission told reporters today he expects within the next 10 years his command will be using space to enable faster, more precise cargo missions.

The Insider | July 31, 2018

The Pentagon has canceled a media briefing to discuss its much-anticipated Space Force report, telling reporters today that officials are in the final stages of coordinating the document.

Daily News | July 31, 2018

President Trump's order for a new Space Force has largely been viewed as a boost of momentum for what has, to date, been a bipartisan congressional effort to reorganize the national security space enterprise. But some defense experts are signaling concern that Trump's endorsement and involvement threaten to politicize the effort.

Daily News | July 30, 2018

The Government Accountability Office said in a recent report the Defense Department isn't utilizing commercially hosted satellite payloads as well as it could, due in part to a lack of information-sharing among programs that have used hosted payloads in the past and who could benefit from using them for future missions.

Daily News | July 27, 2018

The Defense Department has postponed a planned Defense Acquisition Board meeting for F-35 follow-on modernization until this fall, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord.

Daily News | July 26, 2018

As the Air Force works to keep its workhorse B-52 bomber fleet flying into the 2050s, the service is working with prime contractor and integrator Boeing to ensure that any changes to the capability or mission profile are integrated well with the other systems on the aircraft.

Daily News | July 25, 2018

Boeing has taken another hit on the KC-46 tanker development program, announcing $334 million in after-tax cost growth during its second-quarter earnings report today.

Daily News | July 25, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced today the service will stand up a new rapid sustainment office to encourage the use of advanced manufacturing techniques to reduce costs and speed up time lines. (UPDATED)

The Insider | July 24, 2018

House and Senate authorizers have agreed to a fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill that would authorize the procurement of 77 F-35 aircraft, although that number could increase as appropriators negotiate a final spending bill.

Daily News | July 24, 2018

After a rise in the number of unexplained physiological episodes, lawmakers want assurances from the Air Force and Navy that any future fighter and attack aircraft the services procure will be equipped with new technology designed to reduce the impact of those incidents.

Daily News | July 23, 2018

House and Senate authorizers fell short of endorsing the president's call for a Space Force in their compromise defense policy bill, but lawmakers do propose a number of provisions to streamline space acquisition and establish a strong space warfighting cadre within the Defense Department.

The Insider | July 16, 2018

Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office have reached a handshake agreement on low-rate initial production Lot 11.

Daily News | July 13, 2018

The F-35 Joint Operational Test Team conducted an eight-day run of F-35 and A-10 comparison tests this week -- a much-anticipated, congressionally directed test event meant to highlight the strengths and weaknesses of each aircraft in various scenarios.

Daily News | July 12, 2018

The Air Force has approved a new service cost position for the B-2 Defensive Management System Modernization effort, projecting a $300 million increase to the program's cost.

Daily News | July 11, 2018

As the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency's Experimental Spaceplane program approaches its first subsystem-level critical design review next month, the program's propulsion provider last week completed a key testing demonstration, proving the engine can support the reusable spaceplane's anticipated fast-paced operational tempo.

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