Jen DiMascio

Jen DiMascio
Managing Editor, Defense, Space & Security,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Washington, Jen manages Aviation Week’s worldwide defense, space and security coverage.
 
Prior to taking on her current role, Jen was Aviation Week's Congressional Editor. Jen came to Aviation Week in March 2011 from Politico, where she covered the intersection of defense and politics. She also worked as a reporter and editor for Defense Daily, Inside the Army, The Other Paper and The Columbus Dispatch.
 
Jen received a Master’s degree in journalism as a Kiplinger Fellow at the Ohio State University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from the University of Michigan.
 

Articles
Moving ATC From FAA, Catching A Space Rock, More Than ISR 
The airlines back the idea of privatizing the FAA’s ATC roles; NASA picks its asteroid direction; McCain sets defense priorities; and Chuck Norris defends the A-10.
Adjusting the RD-180 Restriction, FAA Changes Afoot, NASA Alters Review Timeline 
Lawmaker considers tweaking last year’s congressional restrictions on RD-180 engine purchases; NASA reschedules big-ticket design reviews after inspector general report; and the FAA is in for a change.
U.S. Army Helicopter Engine RFP Expected In May 
The transition is coming as the Army has secured funding for the 3,000-shp future helicopter engine program, from fiscal 2016 and beyond despite ongoing defense budget pressure.
C-130 Modernization Fight, Civil Space Cooperation with China and Air Traffic Cyber Security 
C-130 modernization receives congressional scrutiny, Bolden laments lack of cooperation with China on civil space and senator blasts FAA’s cyber security lapses.
U.S. Navy May Speed Program To Pack More Tomahawks On Submarines 
The Virginia Payload Module program reconfigures ships to hold up to 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Podcast: Exciting And Strange Developments From Heli-Expo
Aviation Week editors discuss the news from HeliExpo this week including Bristow's tiltrotor bet, Airbus Helicopters's H160 unveiling and more.
Huerta ‘Open’ to FAA Restructuring; Nuclear Priority; China Restrictions To Stay 
Lawmakers consider removing ATC and modernization from FAA’s list of duties; Pentagon to guard nuclear weapons dollars; and an incoming chairman vows to continue blocking Chinese space cooperation.
Inside the Cabin: ISS Astronauts Talk to Aviation Week
Watch Mark Carreau interview NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Terry Virts aboard the International Space Station.
Reducing The Cost Of Attack, Russia’s ISS Departure, Another Ex-Im Bank Push And An Aerospace Exit 
The Navy looks for lower-cost firepower, Russia plans 2024 ISS Exit, Ex-Im bank advocates flock to Capitol and AIA’s Blakey heads to Rolls-Royce.
Airline CEO Tiff, U.S.-India UAV, And Next Round In Ukraine  1
Delta CEO Richard Anderson’s recent comments about airline subsidies and 9/11 offended his counterparts in the Gulf.
Fiscal 2016 Federal Budget Issues to Watch 

The Pentagon’s $585 billion request for fiscal 2016 may far outpace spending by other countries, but if current budget caps force a reduction, lawmakers are looking for ways to help balance the books. Five high-profile defense analysts from Washington think tanks offered suggestions to the House Armed Services Committee Feb. 11. Some echoed the Pentagon’s recommendations to cut bases, personnel and compensation. But many of those ideas have been rejected by Congress year after year, and in that light, Rep.

Weapons For Ukraine; Rights To Property On The Moon; Gen Av Fees 
Senators try to build support to give Ukraine “defensive lethal weapons”; Bigelow Aerospace asks for a review of property rights on the Moon; the Obama budget request omits the proposed private-jet user fee.
Carter Backs Idea Of Sending Weapons To Ukraine 
Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter told Congress he would support the idea of providing weapons to Ukraine.
Pentagon’s Innovation Push; A Rules Spat; the President’s Next Ride 

After years of discussion about incremental upgrades or off-the-shelf insertions into older programs, the Pentagon’s next generation of equipment is taking shape. The defense budget plan for fiscal 2016 and beyond features increased spending on new nuclear delivery vehicles and an initiative to pursue advanced fighter engines and a post-F-35 fighter (see pages 26 and 30). Along with that, the request seeks continued aid for NATO and an ongoing emphasis on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

 
Blogs
Mar 27, 2015
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U. S., Russian Astronauts Reach International Space Station for One Year Stay 4

"He will do great," predicted NASA astronaut Barry "Butch" Wilmore, who returned to Earth after 5 1/2 months on the ISS earlier this month. Wilmore watched Scott Kelly's lift off from NASA's Mission Control in Houston....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Open Skies Over Benelux And Germany

Cold War kids like me still remember the Open Skies treaty, the 1992 agreement by members of NATO and the then Warsaw Pact to allow observation flights over their territory as a confidence-building measure....More
Mar 26, 2015
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Pilot Report: Aviation Week Flies The Gripen (1999)

In 1999, Aviation Week's then Editor-in-Chief reported on the capabilities of the Saab Gripen. Read his pilot report....More
Mar 25, 2015
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Kepler Achievements Recognized by National Air and Space Museum

"We are discovering all kinds of exotic planets, worlds that have oceans of molten rock, worlds that have not one but two stars rising in the East and setting in the West," said Natalie Batalha, Kepler mission scientist....More
Mar 24, 2015
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NavWeek: Semper Why 3

As the U.S. Marine Corps continues to tack back to its expeditionary core and the U.S. remains on course for its Asia-Pacific rebalance, the question of the force’s relevance is again coming to the fore....More
Mar 21, 2015
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SpaceX's Gwynne Shotwell Talks Raptor, Falcon 9, CRS-2, Satellite Internet and More 5

During a March 17 luncheon Shotwell touched on developments underway at the Hawthorne, California-based company....More
Mar 20, 2015
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Germany To Boost Defense Spending

Germany's finance minister says the pacifist nation must shoulder more military commitments in the coming years....More
Mar 19, 2015
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NASA's MAVEN Spacecraft Spots Martian Aurora, Unexplained Dust Cloud

"What's especially surprising about the aurora we saw is how deep in the atmosphere it occurs," said Arnaud Stiepen, a University of Colorado researcher....More

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