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 | May 23, 2018

The Air Force Sustainment Center's software development work has been a model for other agile development efforts within the service, but the commander of the organization said today that intellectual property concerns have created a significant barrier to moving more of that work in-house.

Daily News | May 23, 2018

The Air Force told Congress in a recent report that although it plans to make "substantial" investments in its range infrastructure to support live training of fifth-generation aircraft, it expects to balance those resources with development of more synthetic, simulated technologies.

Daily News | May 22, 2018

The Air Force has selected Boeing as the aircraft integrator for the B-52 re-engining program, and expects to have an approved acquisition strategy for the effort by September.

The Insider | May 22, 2018

BAE Systems announced today it has received a five-year contract worth more than $100 million from F-35 Joint Strike Fighter prime contractor Lockheed Martin to help strengthen the supply chain that supports the jet's electronic warfare suite.

Daily News | May 21, 2018

The Defense Department's latest industrial capabilities report identifies the national security space sector's highest risk technologies and resources areas, which it has labeled "essential to the national defense."

Daily News | May 18, 2018

A top Air Combat Command planning and requirements official said Friday that if the service's experimentation with a potential light-attack acquisition program proves successful, he wouldn't rule out the possibility of future experiments to further boost the service's attack aircraft fleet.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

Although the Air Force's Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle procurement strategy may require more upfront funding than other alternatives for meeting the service's assured access to space requirement, the plan may have the best long-term payoff, according to a recent report.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

The Air Force is working closely with launch service providers to assure they install a key autonomous safety system on new and legacy launch vehicles, a move aimed at improving the efficiency and safety of its ranges.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told Senate appropriators this week the cost to base the new B-21 at a location that doesn't currently house bombers will likely be about $450 million per base, which is part of the reason the service plans to assign the aircraft at places that already have much of the infrastructure required to house it.

Daily News | May 16, 2018

The Defense Department recently submitted an interim report to Congress on the organization and management of the military space enterprise, and while it doesn't include any evaluation of the proposal to create a separate Space Corps, it does reveal several ongoing efforts to improve space acquisition, budgeting and warfighting.

Daily News | May 16, 2018

The new Pentagon-based vice commander of Air Force Space Command said Tuesday that although the last-minute $600 million plus-up provided in the Fiscal Year 2018 Omnibus Appropriations Act to buy two more legacy Wideband Global Satellite Communications spacecraft was not something the service asked for, the Air Force may be able to apply some "innovative approaches" the way it buys the satellites.

Daily News | May 15, 2018

The Air Force estimates its planned multiyear procurement of 52 C-130J variants between fiscal years 2019 and 2023 will save about $572 million compared to an annual procurement approach.

The Insider | May 11, 2018

The Air Force Research Laboratory will hold its annual three-day Wright Dialogue with Industry event in July, a chance for companies to learn more about Air Force and NASA technology interests and key research and development efforts.

The Insider | May 11, 2018

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

Daily News | May 11, 2018

As the Air Force works with Boeing to assure timely delivery of the first new KC-46 tanker, House policymakers want the service to increase its planned aircraft acceptance rate to more than three new tankers per month.

Daily News | May 10, 2018

Lawmakers this week approved an amendment to the House Armed Services Committee's fiscal year 2019 defense authorization bill that would fence all funding for the Air Force's Joint Space Operations Center Mission System upgrade and impose significant spending restrictions on the service's Enterprise Space Battle Management Command and Control research and development efforts.

Daily News | May 08, 2018

The Air Force announced Tuesday it will conduct a one-day operational safety review across all of its flying and maintenance wings in response to a recent increase in Class A mishaps within the service.

The Insider | May 07, 2018

The F-35 joint program office announced Monday it has resumed acceptance of the Lockheed-made jet but would not confirm who would be footing the bill -- despite past claims from Pentagon officials that the government would not be paying for the repair costs.

The Insider | May 07, 2018

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Mac Thornberry's (R-TX) mark of the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill includes a provision that would limit the Air Force's KC-46 tanker procurement effort until the Federal Aviation Administration signs off on the program's final certification.

Daily News | May 04, 2018

The Air Force announced Friday it plans to award sole-source contracts to Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman to produce the initial satellites in its new Next-Generation Overhead Persistent Infrastructure architecture.

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