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 | February 26, 2019

The head of U.S. Strategic Command said today that regardless of where the Defense Department locates a new combatant command for space, a portion of that work will continue to be performed at STRATCOM headquarters in Nebraska.

The Insider | February 25, 2019

Rolls-Royce announced today it will produce its F130 engine in Indianapolis if the Air Force selects it for the B-52 re-engining program.

Space Briefing | February 21, 2019

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

Daily News | February 21, 2019

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency is calling for industry input into a software development effort known as Pit Boss, which will demonstrate space-based autonomous command-and-control and data processing to support the agency's highly watched Blackjack program.

Daily News | February 21, 2019

The Pentagon's top weapons tester is recommending that the Air Force conduct additional testing to ensure a new polar satellite program can provide secure communications in a contested environment.

The Insider | February 19, 2019

The Air Force awarded more than $738 million in launch services contracts on Tuesday to the United Launch Alliance and SpaceX for upcoming Air Force and National Reconnaissance Office missions.

The Insider | February 19, 2019

President Trump today signed Space Policy Directive 4, directing the Pentagon to craft a proposal to create a new military service for space.

Daily News | February 19, 2019

UPDATE: President Trump signed a key space policy directive today that would direct the creation of a new military service, but falls short of a previous order to establish a new department for space.

Daily News | February 13, 2019

The Air Force's strategy to develop the next generation of missile warning satellites on an aggressive schedule using new acquisition concepts and resiliency standards hit a snag last fall when Congress partially denied funding for a reprogramming request, delaying the start of payload development by about four months, according to a service official.

The Insider | February 12, 2019

The Defense Department inspector general's office announced Monday it will kickoff an audit this month of the Air Force's certification of SpaceX's Falcon launch vehicles.

Daily News | February 11, 2019

A defense intelligence official told reporters today that the biggest threat to U.S. space superiority is likely not a single adversary capability, but rather actions in recent years by Russia and China to better organize and integrate space capabilities within their militaries -- actions that could help the Pentagon as it makes a case to create a new Space Force.

The Insider | February 08, 2019

The Air Force, Army and Navy secretaries recently signed a new memorandum that would require them to adopt common standards for cross-domain information-sharing on future systems.

Space Briefing | February 07, 2019

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

Daily News | February 07, 2019

The Pentagon's top weapons tester said in his annual report that a timely start and finish of KC-46 operational testing could hinge on the program's ability to certify the required jets to be refueled by the new tanker.

Daily News | February 07, 2019

The Air Force is considering measuring cybersecurity in its source-selection process for space programs, in the same way it might assess performance, cost or schedule, according to the service's acquisition executive.

Daily News | February 06, 2019

The Defense Department and intelligence community have not adequately resourced or utilized space testing infrastructure that would support more operationally representative threat simulation, according to a new report from the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

Daily News | February 05, 2019

A new Pentagon mobility study maintains previous fleet-size estimates, its unclassified summary offering almost no insight into the Air Force's plan to grow by 14 tanker squadrons and three strategic airlift squadrons over the next 10 years.

Daily News | February 04, 2019

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2020 budget request will offer details on the Air Force's path forward for its light-attack aircraft program, after the service announced last month it has delayed plans to launch a formal competition for the effort.

Daily News | February 01, 2019

The Air Force's top uniformed acquisition officer said today he's confident the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter can meet the Pentagon's 80-percent mission-capable rate target, despite a recent report from the director of operational test and evaluation showing fleetwide availability is less than 60 percent.

Daily News | January 31, 2019

The Pentagon's top weapons tester considers the F-35's new Block 4 modernization plan "high risk" and is calling for a more robust assessment of the cost to test and continuously modernize software.

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