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.

Daily News | March 01, 2018

A new small launch procurement line in the Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request may indicate the service is positioning itself to respond to anticipated growth in the small satellite market.

Daily News | March 01, 2018

The head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program told reporters this week that while negotiations with prime contractor Lockheed Martin for the next lot of low-rate initial production jets is progressing, he has been disappointed with a lack of collaboration from the company to significantly lower the aircraft's unit cost.

Daily News | February 28, 2018

The Air Force's Space Rapid Capabilities Office received a nearly $300 million increase in the service's fiscal year 2019 budget request, but, as one analyst pointed out this week, it's unclear whether that funding will be sustained in the coming years.

The Insider | February 27, 2018

Air Education and Training Command today lifted the operational pause on Air Force T-6 training flights, following a nearly three-week grounding due to pilot reports of unexplained physiological events.

The Insider | February 23, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson confirmed Feb. 22 at the Air Force Association conference in Orlando, FL, the service plans to retire three aircraft from the E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System fleet in fiscal year 2019, bringing the fleet to 13 tail numbers.

Daily News | February 23, 2018

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2019 budget request includes funding for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program's new Follow-On Modernization plan, dubbed Continuous Capability Development and Delivery, but it is unclear whether the projection incorporates a new cost estimate for the effort.

Daily News | February 23, 2018

The Air Force is delaying a decision about how to proceed with the second Space Fence radar site, excluding funding for the initiative from its fiscal year 2019 budget request.

The Insider | February 23, 2018

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

Daily News | February 22, 2018

The Air Force's recent budget submission confirms that its highly secretive Silentbarker surveillance satellite is part of its strategy to replace the legacy Space-Based Space Surveillance constellation, providing new details on a little-known space situational awareness program.

Daily News | February 15, 2018

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget request reveals some details of its plan to retire legacy B-2 and B-1 bombers as it begins to field the B-21 in the mid 2020s.

Daily News | February 15, 2018

The Air Force's fiscal year 2019 budget offers new details on its plan to recapitalize the Space-Based Infrared System and support future overhead persistent infrared requirements, even as the effort still lacks an approved acquisition strategy.

Daily News | February 14, 2018

The Air Force's budget outlook for Next-Generation Air Dominance has nearly doubled in its fiscal year 2019 funding request, which proposes $9.8 billion over the next five years to support continued experimentation and risk reduction for a new air dominance family of systems.

Daily News | February 13, 2018

Air Force officials say the service is still targeting an annual F-35 production rate of 60 aircraft, but in the near term, the focus is on maintaining a "manageable ramp" in order to avoid undue strain on its production and logistics infrastructure.

Daily News | February 12, 2018

The Air Force's $156.3 billion fiscal year 2019 budget proposal calls for 48 new F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, 15 KC-46 aerial refuelers and 36,000 Joint Direct Attack Munitions.

The Insider | February 09, 2018

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

Daily News | February 09, 2018

The Defense Department is in the midst of several test and training range upgrades in preparation for F-35 initial operational test and evaluation as well as to support the fifth-generation aircraft's long-term range needs.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

As the Space and Missile Systems Center works to establish a more enterprise-focused approach to operational command and control, a Space Defense Task Force is working to incorporate new software development and delivery concepts and to ensure that those deliveries are cybersecure.

Daily News | February 09, 2018

The Air Force is establishing a marketplace to support research and development across its data link enterprise.

The Insider | February 08, 2018

The Air Force today announced it plans to release a request for proposals for the second phase of GPS III Follow-On satellite production "on or about" Feb. 13.

Daily News | February 07, 2018

The Air Force will hold a conference this week to determine the next steps for addressing a recent string of physiological events that has grounded the T-6 training jet.

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