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
Combat Aircraft Programs In Flux As Budgets Determine Orders And Mods 
When it comes to military combat aircraft, 2015 is supposed to mark a change from fourth- to fifth-generation aircraft in the U.S.
Intelligence From The U.S. Capital 

Within a day of the announcement of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation, two promising candidates for replacing him quickly opted out. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), who is likely to lead Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee next year, said, “No.” And then the former head of Pentagon policy, Michele Flournoy, who is the CEO of the Center for New American Security, told the think tank’s board she would not leave her current job.

With Hagel Out, Who Wants Sec Def Job? 

Even before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had formally announced his resignation Nov. 24, White House officials were already talking to reporters about potential successors – and about Hagel’s distance from the White House’s inner circle.

Given the difficulty that seems to have been described by many a Cabinet official, maybe the question should not be who the White House will choose, but who will accept the offer. 

With Hagel Out, Who Wants Sec Def Job? 
Even before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had formally announced his resignation Nov. 24, White House officials were already talking to reporters about potential successors – and about Hagel’s distance from the White House’s inner circle.
Intelligence From The U.S. Capital 

Although the FAA has not yet completed rules for how UAVs should be operated in U.S. airspace, it can fine commercial operators for “careless or reckless” flying of unmanned aircraft—even those that cost less than $200. That is the upshot of what being perceived as a “win” for FAA regulators: an NTSB ruling this week on Raphael Pirker’s promotional video for the University of Virginia—shot from a remote-control aircraft. 

Podcast: First Flight of NASA's Orion Crew Capsule

Aviation Week editors discuss the upcoming first flight test of NASA's Orion crew capsule which will move astronauts a little closer to Mars.

Public-Private Partnership May ‘Answer’ U.S. Rocket Engine Question 
The U.S. government’s answer to the reliance on Russian-made rocket engines may not come in the form of a traditional Pentagon-developed program, says the military deputy to the Air Force’s top acquisition official. Rather, it may come from the kind of private investment put forward by United Launch Alliance (ULA) and Blue Origin earlier this fall.
Intelligence From The U.S. Capital 
Senators square off over USAF’s proposed retirement of A-10s, against backdrop of air strikes in the Middle East
A-10 Supporters Continue To Block Retirements 

If U.S. Air Force planners thought a proposal to slow the pace of A-10 Thunderbolt retirements and arguments about maintenance personnel would win over opponents in Congress, they were wrong.

The incoming chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona), vows, “This fight is far from over.” McCain and others contend the Air Force, which has said failing to cut the A-10 fleet will leave the F-35 fleet without enough maintenance personnel, is setting up a false choice.

Podcast: F-35C Carrier Trials 1
Aviation Week editors discuss the F-35C and its ongoing carrier trials.
 
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