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 | July 05, 2018

In its mark of fiscal year 2019 defense spending legislation, the Senate Appropriations Committee is recommending an additional $100 million to speed advanced sensor development for the Air Force's Space-Based Infrared System follow-on effort.

Daily News | July 05, 2018

A Defense Acquisition Board scheduled in June to review the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's follow-on development plan has been delayed as the program office continues to gather cost and time line data for the effort.

Daily News | July 03, 2018

The Air Force expects all of its certified space launch providers to transition to a new Automated Flight Safety System by the end of 2023, according to a new report, and the service is working with missile test programs to overcome challenges associated with adopting the new system.

Daily News | July 03, 2018

The Air Force has canceled the flying portion of the second phase of its light-attack experiment at Holloman Air Force Base, NM, after an A-29 Super Tucano crashed during a June 22 experimentation flight that killed the aircraft's pilot.

The Insider | June 29, 2018

Senate appropriators said in their mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense spending bill they are "dismayed" by the inaccuracy of the F-35 joint program office's initial estimates for potential savings from an economic order quantity contract, which lawmakers approved in the FY-18 Omnibus Appropriations Act.

Daily News | June 28, 2018

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this fall plans to choose a single vendor for its Hallmark program -- an effort to mature a space battle management command and control testbed to  verify new software and tactics and improve joint space operations.

Daily News | June 28, 2018

The Air Force's recent announcement that its KC-46 delivery schedule was aligned with prime contractor Boeing's came after the two parties agreed on a slate of schedule mitigation efforts, Inside Defense has learned.

Daily News | June 26, 2018

The Defense Department's recent $660 million award to Lockheed Martin to support an F-35 economic order quantity buy will yield less than half of what the program expected in cost savings, according to a letter obtained this week by Inside Defense.

Daily News | June 26, 2018

The head of the Missile Defense Agency said today the focus and streamlined decision-making that would likely come with the creation of a Space Force would assist his agency's mission.

The Insider | June 25, 2018

President Trump last week surprised lawmakers and Pentagon leaders by directing the Defense Department to create a new military service, a Space Force.

Daily News | June 25, 2018

The Air Force expects to conduct a critical design review of the new B-21 bomber before the end of the year, according to the director of the service's rapid capabilities office.

Daily News | June 25, 2018

President Trump's announcement last week that he would direct the Pentagon to create a new military service -- dubbed a Space Force -- injected new energy into an ongoing debate about who should manage the military space mission.

Daily News | June 22, 2018

The Air Force's B-1 fleet returned to flight this week after being grounded due to a problem with the jet's ejection seat.

The Insider | June 22, 2018

The Air Force has awarded SpaceX a $130 million contract to launch a classified satellite mission in late fiscal year 2020.

Daily News | June 21, 2018

Air Force and Navy sustainment officials have been working since December to develop a detailed cost estimate for a plan to establish an organic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter software maintenance capability and will brief the program's sustainment lead in the next few weeks.

Daily News | June 21, 2018

The lawmaker leading efforts within Congress to reorganize the military space enterprise under a separate service told Inside Defense this week that while President Trump's direction to establish a Space Force will give momentum to ongoing efforts, the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill will not likely authorize the creation of a new military service.

The Insider | June 20, 2018

Defense Secretary James Mattis told reporters today the Pentagon will have further discussions Friday with national security adviser John Bolton about implementing President Trump's orders for a Space Force.

The Insider | June 20, 2018

The Air Force and Boeing have agreed to a new KC-46 schedule that sets October as the anticipated date of the first new tanker delivery.

The Insider | June 20, 2018

Air Force leaders told airmen this week the process to establish a Space Force, at the direction of President Trump, will be "thorough, deliberate and inclusive."

Daily News | June 19, 2018

Although it's unclear how the Pentagon will implement President Trump's direction this week to establish a new “Space Force,” some Defense Department analysts and former officials say the White House's endorsement of the controversial proposal could diminish resistance within the Defense Department and make room for compromise among House and Senate lawmakers.

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