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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The Insider | October 03, 2017

The Air Force Research Laboratory's space vehicle directorate expects to spend about $467 million over the next seven years on space research efforts, according to a recent broad agency announcement.

The Insider | September 29, 2017

The Air Force is soliciting proposals to launch a classified space mission in fiscal year 2020.

Daily News | September 29, 2017

Air Mobility Command has initiated three pilot programs that it hopes will put the command on a path toward better understanding the condition of its aircraft and predicting when parts will fail.

Daily News | September 29, 2017

The commander of the 21st Space Wing said recently he's encouraged by the work the National Space Defense Center is doing to help set doctrine and improve space warfighting concepts and expects that as the center shifts its focus to operations, it will continue to provide opportunities for experimentation.

Daily News | September 29, 2017

The Air Force is still working to determine whether and how to integrate commercial operators to perform some of its Wideband Global Satellite Communications mission, according to the commander of the 50th space wing.

Daily News | September 28, 2017

The Air Force is looking to shorten the length of its analysis of alternatives process, after a recent "scrub" of the service's acquisition processes highlighted opportunities to better utilize existing authorities to develop and field capabilities faster.

The Insider | September 28, 2017

An Air Force "red team" tasked with evaluating whether the service should change its current plan to recapitalize the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet expects to complete its work in October, according to service Secretary Heather Wilson.

Daily News | September 28, 2017

The chair of a panel tasked with helping the Defense Department streamline its acquisition process said this week that the department's increased use of certain "workarounds" to the traditional processes provides important insight into which parts of the system need to be fixed.

The Insider | September 26, 2017

The newest iteration of the revived National Space Council will meet for the first time Oct. 5, the White House announced today.

Daily News | September 26, 2017

Boeing said this week the company continues "to make progress" on KC-46 flight testing and, when pressed, did not dispute the Air Force's schedule projection that the first new tanker will be delivered next spring.

Daily News | September 22, 2017

The Air Force and Boeing will conduct testing in October to observe whether KC-46 boom-scraping incidents are occurring at higher rates than on the legacy tanker fleet and will decide later this fall whether to pursue a fix to the deficiency.

Daily News | September 22, 2017

The Air Force will launch a 12-month review of its science and technology portfolio -- work that is meant to define the service's top research priorities and strengthen partnerships with the scientific community.

Daily News | September 22, 2017

Early construction and shipping delays have pushed initial operational capability for the Air Force's new Space Fence radar from September 2018 to April 2019.

Daily News | September 21, 2017

The Air Force continues to evaluate its business-case analysis for an upgrade or replacement of the B-52 engine, and is weighing whether to request permission from Congress to pursue a unique approach to funding the effort.

Daily News | September 21, 2017

A joint Air Force and Navy team is working to establish an organic F-35 Joint Strike Fighter software sustainment capability with an eye toward beginning to transition responsibility from the contractor to the government when the system development and demonstration phase ends.

Daily News | September 19, 2017

The director of the Air Force's stealthy, next-generation bomber program indicated this week the effort may soon be entering a riskier phase of development involving technology integration.

Daily News | September 19, 2017

Air Mobility Command chief Gen. Carlton Everhart told reporters Tuesday that a KC-46 boom-scraping issue -- recently characterized as a category-one deficiency -- could delay initial deliveries of the new tanker.

The Insider | September 18, 2017

Saab President and CEO Hakan Buskhe announced today the company would establish a United States-based manufacturing and production capability as it works with Boeing to compete a clean-sheet, next-generation trainer design.

The Insider | September 18, 2017

The Air Force will launch a 12-month review of its science and technology portfolio -- work that is meant to define the service's top research priorities and strengthen partnerships with the scientific community.

Daily News | September 15, 2017

The Air Force Research Laboratory is hoping that a new, five-year contract with a $499 million ceiling will help the service mature and field "affordable, revolutionary capabilities" to a range of legacy and future platforms, including a next-generation fighter or tanker.

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