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 | September 15, 2017

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

Daily News | September 15, 2017

A new bomber fleet-size report acknowledges that while the Air Force may only need 100 new B-21 bombers to meet current threat analysis, the service may need to procure additional bombers before production closes.

Daily News | September 14, 2017

The Air Force has yet to solidify a plan to upgrade or replace the B-52 engine, but engine-maker Rolls-Royce told reporters this week the company's BR725 jet engine may be a contender for an eventual competition.

Daily News | September 14, 2017

The Air Force estimates it would cost $1.7 billion to convert 34 older-model F-22 training jets to an operational configuration that is homogenous with today's Block 30 Raptor fleet.

Daily News | September 12, 2017

Among the programs the Defense Department hoped would be spared under the recently passed continuing resolution are a number of Air Force new-starts and production increases, including key munitions programs and cyber resilience efforts.

The Insider | September 08, 2017

Highlights from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force.

Daily News | September 08, 2017

The F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program won't begin feeling the effect of a fiscal year 2018 continuing resolution until next spring, the program's director told reporters this week.

Daily News | September 08, 2017

F-35 Program Executive Officer Vice Adm. Mat Winter told reporters this week he expects the time frame to complete negotiations for the Joint Strike Fighter's 11th low-rate initial production lot will be much shorter than the LRIP 10 deal, which took more than a year to finalize.

Daily News | September 06, 2017

The new head of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter program expects to have approval of a new plan by late October that will allow it to continuously develop software capabilities following the completion of the post-system development and demonstration phase.

Daily News | September 06, 2017

The F-35 joint program office is considering adapting its strategy for the post-system development and demonstration phase and Block 4 follow­on modernization, a move that could change the way it develops and delivers new software capabilities, Inside Defense has learned.

Daily News | September 05, 2017

The Air Force has strongly opposed a new proposal to establish a separate Space Corps, alleging it would be too expensive and disruptive -- but some analysts and former Defense Department officials are puzzled by the service’s response to an organizational change they say could help manage the space domain.

The Insider | September 01, 2017
Highlights from this week's issue of Inside the Air Force
Daily News | September 01, 2017

The Defense Department will kick off a yearlong excursion in October to determine the true price of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, and will spend the next year working with prime and sub-tier suppliers to develop a strategy to inject competition and incentivize affordability into the department’s most expensive program.

Daily News | September 01, 2017

The Air Force is making progress on a three-year effort to evaluate 50 legacy systems for cyber vulnerabilities and is finalizing assessments for the first 17 systems it reviewed.

Daily News | September 01, 2017

Lockheed Martin is slated to deliver six new GPS Monitor Station Technology Improvement Capability receivers by mid-September, part of a larger effort to modernize the legacy ground control system.

Daily News | August 31, 2017

An Air Force lab focused on partnering with industry and academia to better exploit remote sensing data plans to demonstrate an experiment that could allow the service to use information from the Space-Based Infrared System to supplement weather satellite capability.

The Insider | August 30, 2017

The Air Force has lifted temporary flight restrictions placed on F-35A pilots at Luke Air Force Base, AZ, after a string of physiological incidents were reported at the installation.

The Insider | August 25, 2017

The Air Force announced Friday it has named Brig. Gen. Mike Koscheski to lead its Aircrew Crisis Task Force aimed at helping the service address its pilot shortage.

Daily News | August 25, 2017

Lockheed Martin expects to test its partial prototype of an advanced Electro-Optical Targeting System for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter by the end of this year, but is awaiting more detail from the joint program office on follow-on modernization requirements before determining whether and when a full prototype will fly.

Daily News | August 25, 2017

Language in the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act restricting the use of funds for the Weather System Follow-on program will delay a contract award by at least one quarter, the Air Force confirmed this week.

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