Courtney Albon

Courtney Albon was senior editor for aviation and space at Inside Defense until December 2021. She 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.

Archived Articles
Daily News | June 18, 2021

Supplier parts shortages on the T-7 advanced trainer program have pushed back a milestone C decision by about seven months, according to industry officials. (UPDATED)

Daily News | June 17, 2021

The Space Force today launched its first mission to fly on a reused booster -- a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carrying the fifth GPS III satellite.

Daily News | June 16, 2021

The Air Force today released a sources-sought notice seeking a non-developmental aerial refueler to supplement its future tanker fleet and plans to release a request for proposals by the end of this year.

Daily News | June 16, 2021

The Defense Department's fiscal year 2022 budget request for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's continuous modernization effort is approximately $830 million higher than projected -- an increase the department links to expanded Block 4 test capacity, hardware upgrade development and the purchase of additional spare engines to support the flight test fleet.

The Insider | June 14, 2021

The Space Force this weekend launched a space domain awareness satellite from an aircraft -- its first tactically responsive space launch mission and the first capability supported in partnership with its new Space Safari program office.

Daily News | June 11, 2021

FORT WORTH, TX -- As Lockheed Martin and the F-35 joint program office continue negotiations for the next production contract, the company is looking to smooth out delivery quantities and recover from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Daily News | June 10, 2021

The Air Force is progressing toward a down-select decision for the B-52 Commercial Engine Replacement Program, with plans to award a contract in September following a technical risk assessment and cost estimate review this summer.

The Insider | June 9, 2021

The Air Force has approved a plan to develop a business case analysis for using commercial aerial refueling aircraft to supplement tanker capacity, according to the deputy commander of Air Mobility Command.

Daily News | June 8, 2021

The ranking member on the House Armed Services seapower and projection forces subcommittee said today he thinks the service should restructure or recompete its contract with Boeing for the KC-46 tanker.

Daily News | June 8, 2021

U.S. Space Command's $67 million fiscal year 2022 unfunded priorities list would boost space protection and rapid prototyping and experimentation efforts and help the command reach full operational capability.

Daily News | June 8, 2021

The Air Force has not finalized a new schedule for the Air Force One replacement program, but the service's top weapons buyer told lawmakers today Boeing has projected at least a one-year delay.

Daily News | June 8, 2021

A new report from the Government Accountability Office warns that delays to the Next Generation GPS Operational Control Segment could have a longer-term impact on development of a follow-on ground segment and the operational availability of future GPS IIIF satellites.

Daily News | June 8, 2021

Despite an updated cost assessment that forecasts a two-year delay to the launch of the Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrared System's first Block 0 geosynchronous satellite, the program appears to still be working toward a fiscal year 2025 launch date, according to a new report from the Government Accountability Office.

Daily News | June 4, 2021

The head of Air Force Materiel Command said today the reason for the service's proposed 50% cut to the Advanced Battle Management System is a refined strategy that focuses on delivering incremental capability to the field at a more regular cadence.

Daily News | June 4, 2021

The Air Force Research Laboratory will soon release a solicitation for the Rocket Cargo program, its newest Vanguard effort, seeking opportunities to leverage commercial testing and demonstration plans as it develops a business case and concept of operations for future point-to-point rocket cargo transport.

Daily News | June 4, 2021

The Space Force this week sent Congress an $832 million unfunded priorities list that includes a range of sustainment, infrastructure, resiliency and technology development efforts meant advance to the "Space Force of the Future."

The Insider | June 4, 2021

The Air Force this week awarded Learjet a $464 million contract for up to six Bombardier Global 6000 business jets, which will be converted into E-11A aircraft and equipped with a key communications node.

Daily News | June 3, 2021

The Space Development Agency's $936.7 million budget request is largely in line with last year's projections, but includes its first procurement funding line, which would fund the launch of Tranche 0 satellites by the end of fiscal year 2022.

Daily News | June 2, 2021

The Air Force's fiscal year 2022 budget request reveals the addition of a fourth Vanguard program -- an effort to use commercial reusable space launch technology to quickly transport cargo around the globe.

Daily News | June 1, 2021

The Air Force's $4.2 billion unfunded priorities list includes $1.3 billion for 12 more F-15EX aircraft and $360 million for F-35 Joint Strike Fighter sustainment.

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