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 | August 17, 2018

A new Defense Department inspector general report found Air Force Space Command's supply chain could be vulnerable to adversary infiltration because of poorly implemented risk-management policies.

Daily News | August 16, 2018

Boeing expects the Federal Aviation Administration later this month to approve a key supplemental certification for the new KC-46 tanker fleet later this month -- one of a few remaining hurdles the company must overcome before it delivers the first aircraft this fall.

Daily News | August 15, 2018

As lawmakers press the Defense Department for more details about the cause of increased aviation mishap rates, a recent Government Accountability Office report highlights a lack of standardization and enforcement in mishap data reporting from the services that is limiting the accuracy and breadth of the department's analysis on mishap trends.

Daily News | August 15, 2018

The Air Force awarded two sizable contracts this week for hypersonic weapons development and next-generation missile warning satellites using new rapid prototyping authorities granted by Congress.

The Insider | August 14, 2018

The Air Force has awarded Lockheed Martin a contract potentially worth $2.9 billion to build three Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared satellites.

Daily News | August 14, 2018

The Pentagon will rely, in part, on an independent study directed by the Fiscal Year 2018 National Defense Authorization Act to inform its plan to create a separate Space Force.

Daily News | August 10, 2018

The military's second highest-ranking officer said today that while the Pentagon will fully support President Trump's direction to propose the creation of a Space Force, the complicated path toward a sixth service will require "significant work with Congress."

Daily News | August 09, 2018

The Pentagon hasn't yet determined the cost to create a new Space Force, but the deputy defense secretary said today he assumes it will require "billions" of dollars in additional resources.

Space Briefing | August 09, 2018

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

Daily News | August 09, 2018

At the behest of President Trump, the Pentagon has begun taking immediate steps to establish a sixth branch of the U.S. military -- a Space Force -- by 2020, though its creation requires congressional authorization, according to a new report provided to Congress.

Daily News | August 09, 2018

The Air Force this week awarded Boeing $10 million to begin studying future capability integration on the yet-to-be-fielded KC-46 tanker.

Daily News | August 08, 2018

The F-35 program's concurrency cost estimate fell 2 percent from March 2017 to March 2018, reflecting a considerable drop in forecasted issues balanced by an increase in realized costs, according to a new report to Congress.

Daily News | August 02, 2018

The leader of the Air Force's mobility mission told reporters today he expects within the next 10 years his command will be using space to enable faster, more precise cargo missions.

The Insider | July 31, 2018

The Pentagon has canceled a media briefing to discuss its much-anticipated Space Force report, telling reporters today that officials are in the final stages of coordinating the document.

Daily News | July 31, 2018

President Trump's order for a new Space Force has largely been viewed as a boost of momentum for what has, to date, been a bipartisan congressional effort to reorganize the national security space enterprise. But some defense experts are signaling concern that Trump's endorsement and involvement threaten to politicize the effort.

Daily News | July 30, 2018

The Government Accountability Office said in a recent report the Defense Department isn't utilizing commercially hosted satellite payloads as well as it could, due in part to a lack of information-sharing among programs that have used hosted payloads in the past and who could benefit from using them for future missions.

Daily News | July 27, 2018

The Defense Department has postponed a planned Defense Acquisition Board meeting for F-35 follow-on modernization until this fall, according to Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord.

Daily News | July 26, 2018

As the Air Force works to keep its workhorse B-52 bomber fleet flying into the 2050s, the service is working with prime contractor and integrator Boeing to ensure that any changes to the capability or mission profile are integrated well with the other systems on the aircraft.

Daily News | July 25, 2018

Boeing has taken another hit on the KC-46 tanker development program, announcing $334 million in after-tax cost growth during its second-quarter earnings report today.

Daily News | July 25, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson announced today the service will stand up a new rapid sustainment office to encourage the use of advanced manufacturing techniques to reduce costs and speed up time lines. (UPDATED)

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