Lee Hudson

Lee Hudson was Inside the Navy's managing editor until June 2018. She has covered Navy and Marine Corps issues since 2011, reporting at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, aboard ships and military facilities around the U.S. Previously she worked as a staff reporter at The Daily Review in Morgan City, LA, covering local government and crime. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Marketing from Loyola University New Orleans.

Archived Articles
Daily News | May 24, 2018

The Navy acquisition executive today said the service disestablished its unmanned systems office because he thought separating the portfolio might hold it back.

Daily News | May 23, 2018

The Navy's redesigned propulsion plant for the multibillion-dollar aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78) was the cause of the ship having to return to port in Norfolk, VA, before the end of a test period, and the service confirmed the modified system was not fully tested on land before going to sea.

The Insider | May 23, 2018

The Navy's F/A-18E/F Super Hornet program manager has been directed to install an automatic ground collision avoidance system for all Block I and Block II jets.

The Insider | May 23, 2018

The Navy plans next year to provide the Pentagon materiel investment recommendations for its Next Generation Air Dominance initiative, set to determine the F/A-18E/F Super Hornet and EA-18G Growler replacement.

Daily News | May 22, 2018

Beginning in December 2019 the Marine Corps will have a precision-guided munitions training range that supports the Joint Strike Fighter on the East Coast.

The Insider | May 21, 2018

The Marine Corps may upgrade the tracks on its amphibious vehicles using elastomer, a material that is used on wearable fitness tracking devices, instead of steel because the rubber provides greater mobility with reduced weight.

Daily News | May 21, 2018

The Navy has reviewed synthetic aperture sonar technologies at the request of Congress, including products that are in use with allied navies but none provide "adequate performance," according to the service's acquisition executive.

Daily News | May 18, 2018

The Pentagon notified Congress this week of the special transfer authority action it needs to fix deficiencies in the multibillion-dollar aircraft carrier Gerald R. Ford (CVN-78).

The Insider | May 16, 2018

The Navy has disestablished the office of the deputy assistant secretary for unmanned systems and the service will transfer the portfolio to the "appropriate" deputy assistant secretary offices, Inside Defense has learned.

The Insider | May 15, 2018

The Navy recently completed the first phase of developmental testing for the Surface-to-Surface Missile Module after conducting a live-fire exercise from a Freedom-variant Littoral Combat Ship.

Daily News | May 15, 2018

Members of the House Armed Services Committee are concerned the Navy's carrier air wing is not configured to support long-range strikes required by the current and future threat and requests the service secretary brief Congress on options that include manned and unmanned capabilities to fulfill the requirement.

The Insider | May 14, 2018

The Marine Corps will transition to a new infantry rifle squad configuration beginning in fiscal year 2020, service Commandant Gen. Robert Neller announced today.

Daily News | May 14, 2018

As new aircraft come online like the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, CH-53K King Stallion and a slew of unmanned aerial systems, the Marine Corps is revising its maintenance qualification standards to make the transition easier for mechanics and other personnel.

The Insider | May 14, 2018

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

The Insider | May 8, 2018

An F/A-18E Super Hornet experienced a "cabin pressure malfunction" while flying over Turkey during a sortie in support of Operation Inherent Resolve yesterday, the service confirmed to Inside Defense.

The Insider | May 7, 2018

Roughly one week after the Pentagon characterized an uptick in aviation mishaps as "not a crisis," House Armed Services Committee Ranking Member Adam Smith (D-WA) introduced an amendment to the fiscal year 2019 defense policy bill that would call for a study on military aviation safety and establish a national commission.

Daily News | May 7, 2018

The Navy is looking to improve small boat launch and recovery from the Expeditionary Fast Transport after the issue was highlighted in a Defense Department inspector general audit of the program.

The Insider | May 7, 2018

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

The Insider | May 4, 2018

The Navy's air boss has ordered a 24-hour stand-down of all non-deployed aviation squadrons due to an uptick in Class C aviation mishaps, according to an administrative message.

Daily News | May 3, 2018

The Navy plans to gain the trust of Congress that the service's acquisition system is agile enough to accelerate programs when needed by showcasing pilot projects, Inside Defense has learned.

Not a subscriber? Sign up for 30 days free access to exclusive, behind-the-scenes reporting on defense policy and procurement.