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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Daily News | April 18, 2018

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO -- The Air Force on Tuesday announced a major restructure to its space acquisition enterprise as well as the creation of a new office that will oversee efforts to change the way the service acquires space capabilities.

Daily News | April 13, 2018

A new Pentagon study recommends a notional implementation plan to transition the F-35 program from its current joint program office management structure to one with two program management offices that report to separate service acquisition executives by 2035 -- an attempt to improve the program's performance and efficiency as it moves to the post-development phase.

The Insider | April 13, 2018

Pentagon acquisition chief Ellen Lord told reporters Friday the ongoing F-35 production pause points to “sloppiness” by the government and prime contractor Lockheed Martin, adding the department is having regular discussions with the company about its manufacturing practices.

Daily News | April 13, 2018

The F-35 joint program office has issued a one-year authorization to operate the next software release of the jet's Autonomic Logistics Information System, ALIS 3.0, after the F-35 Assessment and Authorization Working Group recommended a "high-risk ATO" to the program executive officer.

The Insider | April 13, 2018

Air Force Space Command's AFSPC-11 mission is slated to launch April 14 from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, FL.

Daily News | April 12, 2018

Delivery of five F-35s from low-rate initial production Lot 10 has been paused due to a disagreement between the joint program office and Lockheed Martin about who should pay for a production fix identified last year, the Air Force's military deputy for acquisition confirmed Thursday.

Daily News | April 12, 2018

The Air Force confirmed this week it did not ask for the $600 million funding boost Congress provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two additional Wideband Global Satellite Communications space vehicles, but it will comply with the language as directed.

Daily News | April 12, 2018

The F-35 joint program office announced this week it has completed its last flight event in the program system development and demonstration phase.

Daily News | April 05, 2018

U.S. Strategic Command expects to achieve initial operational capability this year for a new Satellite Communications Integrated Operations Environment that will bring together key capabilities and expertise from across the Defense Department.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

Despite a "substantial infusion" of funding in the fiscal year 2019 future years defense program for sustainment, restoration and modernization at the Air Force Test Center, the service's hub for weapon system testing is behind on several critical capability upgrade efforts, has a workforce shortfall and is facing a $3 billion backlog of deferred facility projects.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force expects its decision to competitively acquire future GPS III satellites rather than award a sole-source contract to Lockheed Martin, the current provider, will cut $20 to $30 million off the cost of each space vehicle it buys.

Daily News | March 30, 2018

The Air Force has identified 32 testing upgrades at risk of delays due to resource shortfalls at the Air Force Test Center.

Daily News | March 29, 2018

The Air Force would like F-35 sustainment costs to be comparable with those of legacy fighter aircraft, and Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein told reporters today the service is working closely with prime contractor Lockheed Martin and the Office of the Secretary of Defense to achieve the service's cost targets.

The Insider | March 23, 2018

The Air Force is considering four bases as options to host 24 F-35As for the Air Force Reserve and will host a series of meetings in April to support its beddown decision.

The Insider | March 23, 2018

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Daily News | March 23, 2018

As the Air Force and Boeing work toward the first KC-46 tanker deliveries later this year, the service expects a full-rate production decision will slip past the current estimate of May 2020.

Daily News | March 23, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said this week the service may need Congress' assistance in negotiating with industry for intellectual property rights for new programs and for older systems with obsolete or obscure parts replacement needs.

Daily News | March 23, 2018

Congress is proposing several Air Force aircraft quantity increases in the fiscal year 2018 omnibus spending bill it released this week, including close to $1.2 billion to buy 11 new C-130J, MC-130J and HC-130J aircraft.

Daily News | March 22, 2018

The 2018 omnibus spending bill proposed this week requires the Air Force to brief Congress on the cost and schedule associated with its new Space-Based Infrared System strategy and designates overhead persistent infrared as a special interest item.

The Insider | March 20, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson said today President Trump's recent endorsement of a separate "Space Force" has not changed the scope or content of an ongoing, congressionally directed Pentagon study of options for changing the way the service organizes and manages its space capabilities and personnel.

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