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.

The Insider | January 05, 2018

General Atomics recently inked a yearlong management, support and maintenance contract worth nearly $329 million for its MQ-9 Reaper and MQ-1 Predator -- which is set to retire this spring.

The Insider | January 05, 2018

Some must-reads from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | January 04, 2018

The Air Force has signed a cooperative research and development agreement with Orbital ATK that puts the company on a path to compete with SpaceX and the United Launch Alliance to fly national security space missions.

The Insider | January 03, 2018

The White House has announced its intent to nominate Will Roper, the head of the Pentagon's Strategic Capabilities Office, to serve as the Air Force's acquisition executive.

The Insider | January 02, 2018

The Air Force is re-competing a contract for ground-based space situational awareness sustainment and modification, and will hold an industry day later this month to discuss its plans.

Daily News | December 28, 2017

The Air Force could request proposals from industry in the second quarter of fiscal year 2018 for a two-step B-52 engine replacement effort, according to a notional schedule released last week.

Daily News | December 22, 2017

The Air Force's new mechanism to prototype space capabilities may be more popular than anticipated, prompting the service to consider what to do if the program hits its $100 million project ceiling before the end of its initial five-year term.

The Insider | December 22, 2017

Some must-reads from the year-end issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | December 21, 2017

The Federal Aviation Administration has signed off on one of two key certifications for the Boeing-built KC-46 tanker, the company announced this week.

Daily News | December 21, 2017

Although the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter is not slated to enter full-rate production until the mid-2020s, the Pentagon's deputy secretary of defense wants the program to operate as though it is already producing at full capacity.

Daily News | December 21, 2017

Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan told reporters this week the likely new Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering Mike Griffin is a possible candidate to take over the duties of the principal Defense Department space adviser role after Congress terminated the position and stripped those responsibilities from the Air Force secretary in the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act.

Daily News | December 20, 2017

The Air Force has completed an initial Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control experiment aimed at demonstrating a universal command-and-control interface and open mission systems architecture for the space domain.

Daily News | December 15, 2017

U.S. Strategic Command Chief Gen. John Hyten wants the Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center to transition to a coalition operations hub by the end of 2018.

Daily News | December 15, 2017

The Government Accountability Office is recommending the Defense Department designate an organization to manage, collect and distribute test data for the Military GPS User Equipment program, which the watchdog agency says faces significant risk of cost increases and schedule delays.

Daily News | December 14, 2017

The F-35 joint program office confirmed this week that a Defense Acquisition Board slated for early December "did not happen."

Daily News | December 13, 2017

The Air Force expects that “re-sequencing” its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter transition at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, and Burlington Air National Guard Base, VT, could relieve some strain on its maintainer training pipeline.

Daily News | December 12, 2017

The troubled next-generation GPS ground segment development program is at high risk for delivering future capability on time and on budget, the Government Accountability Office reports, noting its continued problems could impact other GPS modernization efforts.

Daily News | December 06, 2017

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- The F-35 joint program office is considering outfitting the aircraft with an Automatic Ground Collision Avoidance System prior to the start of Block 4 modernization.

Daily News | December 05, 2017

EDWARDS AIR FORCE BASE, CA -- F-35 Joint Strike Fighter testers here are preparing to start in the spring a graduated test effort, which allows the program to begin operational testing before all of its jets are configured with the required modifications.

Daily News | December 04, 2017

SIMI VALLEY, CA – The Pentagon acquisition chief said Saturday a much-anticipated Defense Acquisition Board review of the F-35 will not convene until the joint program office's modernization plan has the necessary buy-in.

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