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 | April 26, 2018

As the Air Force looks to speed up its plans to field the follow-on to its Space Based Infrared System constellation, lawmakers want more details about the new architectures the service may pursue.

Daily News | April 25, 2018

The House Armed Services strategic forces subcommittee is recommending the creation of a new numbered Air Force that would be responsible for the service's warfighting operations and could lay the groundwork for a future Space Corps.

The Insider | April 24, 2018

Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told lawmakers Tuesday he anticipates an ongoing review of the service's aircraft force-structure requirements will point to a need for more than 100 B-21 bombers.

Daily News | April 19, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Incumbent Lockheed Martin is the only company to confirm its bid to develop the next generation of GPS III satellites, potentially forcing the Air Force to launch a sole-source acquisition for what was supposed to be a rigorous competition between at least three providers.

Daily News | April 19, 2018

A Government Accountability Office report released this week offers some insight into Boeing's efforts to mitigate further KC-46 delivery delays and highlights discrepancies between the company's predictions and those of the Air Force.

Daily News | April 19, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO – As Raytheon continues to implement agile software tenets into the next-generation GPS OCX development program, the company is working to provide more detailed performance metrics to Air Force and Pentagon leadership.

Daily News | April 18, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- Space Fence prime contractor Lockheed Martin is preparing to start a site survey in June for the second radar location that would bring the space-observing radar system to full operational capability.

Daily News | April 18, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The head of U.S. Strategic Command said this week he would like to see the Defense Department work more aggressively to develop and test conventional hypersonic weapons.

Daily News | April 18, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force on Tuesday announced a major restructure to its space acquisition enterprise as well as the creation of a new office that will oversee efforts to change the way the service acquires space capabilities.

Daily News | April 13, 2018

A new Pentagon study recommends a notional implementation plan to transition the F-35 program from its current joint program office management structure to one with two program management offices that report to separate service acquisition executives by 2035 -- an attempt to improve the program's performance and efficiency as it moves to the post-development phase.

The Insider | April 13, 2018

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord told reporters Friday the ongoing F-35 production pause points to “sloppiness” by the government and prime contractor Lockheed Martin, adding the department is having regular discussions with the company about its manufacturing practices.

Daily News | April 13, 2018

The F-35 joint program office has issued a one-year authorization to operate the next software release of the jet's Autonomic Logistics Information System, ALIS 3.0, after the F-35 Assessment and Authorization Working Group recommended a "high-risk ATO" to the program executive officer.

The Insider | April 13, 2018

Air Force Space Command's AFSPC-11 mission is slated to launch April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

Daily News | April 12, 2018

Delivery of five F-35s from low-rate initial production Lot 10 has been paused due to a disagreement between the joint program office and Lockheed Martin about who should pay for a production fix identified last year, the Air Force's military deputy for acquisition confirmed Thursday.

Daily News | April 12, 2018

The Air Force confirmed this week it did not ask for the $600 million funding boost Congress provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two additional Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicles, but it will comply with the language as directed.

Daily News | April 12, 2018

The F-35 joint program office announced this week it has completed its last flight event in the program system development and demonstration phase.

Daily News | April 05, 2018

U.S. Strategic Command expects to achieve initial operational capability this year for a new Satellite Communications Integrated Operations Environment that will bring together key capabilities and expertise from across the Defense Department.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

Despite a "substantial infusion" of funding in the fiscal year 2019 future years defense program for sustainment, restoration and modernization at the Air Force Test Center, the service's hub for weapon system testing is behind on several critical capability upgrade efforts, has a workforce shortfall and is facing a $3 billion backlog of deferred facility projects.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force expects its decision to competitively acquire future GPS III satellites rather than award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin, the current provider, will cut $20 to $30 million off the cost of each space vehicle it buys.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force has identified 32 testing upgrades at risk of delays due to resource shortfalls at the Air Force Test Center.

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