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 | February 02, 2018

The Air Force has opted not to conduct a combat demonstration of light-attack aircraft capabilities, and will instead continue experimentation with two non-developmental aircraft -- Textron's AT-6 Wolverine and Sierra Nevada and Embraer's A-29 Super Tucano.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

The Air Force released a combined request for proposals this week for five Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle missions that will be awarded later this year.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

Amid concerns from the Pentagon's top weapons tester that the Air Force had no plans to conduct operational cybersecurity testing of the GPS III Operational Control Segment's baseline capability, the service confirmed this week it is planning two cyber assessments this spring and summer.

Daily News | February 02, 2018

Developing an operationally representative environment to test the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter's Autonomic Logistics Information System could help the program identify and fix problems earlier, according to the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation.

The Insider | February 02, 2018

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Daily News | February 02, 2018

The lack of a fiscal year 2018 funding appropriation has stalled new military construction contracts at Eielson Air Force Base, AK, that are key to preparing the base to begin receiving F-35s in 2020.

The Insider | January 31, 2018

Lawmakers are urging the White House to fully fund B-52 modernization in the fiscal year 2019 budget request, including $65 million for a B-52 re-engining effort.

The Insider | January 30, 2018

The F-35 joint program office announced today it has approved a plan to install automatic ground collision avoidance software on the Joint Strike Fighter five years ahead of its original schedule.

Daily News | January 26, 2018

The Air Force is working with the Pentagon's top weapons tester to "reconcile" concerns raised this week that KC-46 electromagnetic pulse testing completed last summer may not have met the conditions of the program's test and evaluation master plan.

Daily News | January 26, 2018

The director of operational test and evaluation said in his 2017 report the Air Force's test plan for the Joint Space Operations Center Mission System is unrealistic and could cause delays to the Space Fence radar.

Daily News | January 25, 2018

The Pentagon's new chief weapons tester said in his 2017 report he expects initial operational test of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter will likely begin late this year -- a shift from his predecessor's prediction that operational testing could be delayed until 2020.

Daily News | January 24, 2018

The F-35 joint program office's first stab at a revamped modernization strategy "was not executable" because of a lack of testing resources and a too-optimistic schedule, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

Daily News | January 23, 2018

The White House Office of Management and Budget told Congress in a recent report that significant changes to space organization within the Defense Department, including the option to create a separate 'Space Force,' are "not only prudent, but also necessary" -- an apparent departure from DOD's stance on space organizational reform.

Daily News | January 18, 2018

The Air Force is slated to launch its fourth Space-Based Infrared System satellite to geosynchronous orbit tonight, securing the baseline capability for the persistent missile warning constellation.

Daily News | January 18, 2018

The nominee for the long-vacant Air Force acquisition executive role is planning "a very deep-dive" look at the F-35 program, particularly in the area of sustainment.

Daily News | January 18, 2018

As the Air Force prepares to build a fiscal year 2020 budget request that reflects the priorities of the forthcoming National Defense Strategy, the service this week began a two-month zero-base review of its programs to determine how and whether they help increase lethality against future threats.

The Insider | January 17, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson has directed the establishment of a new, three-star Air Force Space Command vice commander position that would be based in the national capital region.

Daily News | January 12, 2018

As momentum picks up on efforts to modernize the GPS enterprise, the Air Force and Lockheed Martin are working to mitigate demand for a key testing resource.

Daily News | January 12, 2018

The Air Force has completed a long-awaited cost-capability analysis of a plan to field airborne wideband force element terminals to fly on nuclear capable bomber and reconnaissance aircraft as part of its Family of Beyond-Line-of-Sight Terminals program.

Daily News | January 12, 2018

The Air National Guard is crafting an acquisition strategy for outside training support for distributed mission operations starting as soon as July.

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