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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The Insider | October 03, 2018

The F-35 joint program office confirmed Wednesday that Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord has approved the Joint Strike Fighter's operational test readiness review.

Daily News | October 02, 2018

The head of the F-35 joint program office expects the Pentagon to approve an updated Block 4 modernization strategy later this month.

Daily News | October 01, 2018

The F-35 program executive officer will meet with the Pentagon acquisition chief Tuesday to review the effort's operational test readiness and sign off on a plan to begin the key testing slate in mid-November.

Daily News | September 28, 2018

The Air Force announced a contract with Boeing this week that includes options to buy up to 475 new trainers -- 124 more than the current requirement -- in a deal the service says will provide flexibility to buy jets at a faster pace and potentially higher quantities.

Daily News | September 28, 2018

The Defense Department has reached an $11.5 billion deal with Lockheed Martin to buy 141 F-35 Joint Strike Fighters in the 11th low-rate initial production lot.

Daily News | September 27, 2018

The Air Force awarded a Boeing-Saab team a $9.2 billion contract today to build the next-generation T-X training jet -- the company's third major defense contract in the last two months.

Daily News | September 27, 2018

United Launch Alliance announced today it has selected Blue Origin's BE-4 engine over Aerojet Rocketdyne's AR-1 to power its new Vulcan Centaur rocket -- the centerpiece of its proposal for the Air Force's competition to build a next-generation launch vehicle.

Daily News | September 27, 2018

Despite some indication that the House Armed Services Committee may be headed toward partisan division on the proposal to create a new Space Force within the Defense Department, the committee's two strongest proponents of reorganization said today they are hopeful the conversation can remain apolitical.

Daily News | September 27, 2018

The Air Force thinks it can cut between two and five years off the time line to re-engine the B-52 by using digital and virtual prototyping technology.

Daily News | September 27, 2018

After several years of working with engine-makers to test and prototype adaptive engine technologies, the Air Force is starting to take steps to field some of those capabilities -- building a roadmap for legacy system upgrades and awarding two major contracts to begin risk-reduction for a next-generation adaptive engine.

The Insider | September 26, 2018

The Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a $1.3 billion contract today for the first two GPS III Follow-on satellites -- part of a $7.2 billion deal to build 22 satellites.

Daily News | September 20, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said this week the debates around how to organize a new Space Force are key to shaping the legislative proposal the Pentagon will deliver to Congress in February.

Daily News | September 19, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force has extended its analysis of alternatives exploring next-generation air dominance capabilities, which was supposed to be completed this summer, and top acquisition officials told reporters this week the service is moving away from "a single addition" and more toward a portfolio of capabilities.

Daily News | September 18, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- A U.S. Transportation Command-led mobility and capability requirements study has been delayed until later this year as the Pentagon works to incorporate additional threat-based planning data into the scope of the review.

Daily News | September 17, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- The Air Force estimates establishing a new space service would cost $12.9 billion from fiscal years 2020 to 2025 and require an additional 13,000 personnel, according to a new memo obtained by Inside Defense.

Daily News | September 17, 2018

NATIONAL HARBOR, MD -- Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced today the service will grow its total number of operational squadrons from 312 to 386 -- a 25 percent increase it plans to implement between fiscal years 2025 and 2030.

Daily News | September 14, 2018

The Air Force formally announced today it has awarded GPS III incumbent Lockheed Martin a sole-source contract worth up to $7.2 billion to develop 22 follow-on satellites.

Daily News | September 14, 2018

The Air Force announced this week a number of efforts to address an uptick in unexplained physiological events experienced by training pilots, including a redesign of the T-6 onboard oxygen-generating system and adoption of new maintenance procedures.

Daily News | September 14, 2018

The F-35 joint program office expects to start its first formal operational testing events in November, after Director of Operational Test & Evaluation Robert Behler directed the program to hold off on starting the tests until the newest version of software is available to the test aircraft fleet.

Daily News | September 13, 2018

DAYTON, OH -- The head of Air Combat Command said this week the fiscal year 2020 budget will see additional funding for key training capabilities to support readiness -- like improved threat emitters for F-35 training, contracted adversary air support and additional flying hours -- but hinted the service continues to face difficult decisions about how to balance the need for near-term readiness with investment in more future-looking training technology.

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