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.

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.
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.
What We Know So Far About The J-20 1

Ahead of the Zhuhai air show, Aviation Week's International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman talks to Defense Managing Editor Jen DiMascio about the J-20 Chinese fighter.

Is A Republican Senate Good For Defense? 
No matter who holds the majority in the Senate after the November midterm election, the fate of defense spending in the fiscal 2016 budget will be tied up in a larger tangle of spending issues.
Election 2014: Key Senate Toss-Ups
Of all the 2014 midterm election contests for the U.S. Senate, a handful remain competitive in states pivotal for aviation and defense.
Intelligence From the U.S. Capital 
FAA submits a plan for implementing near-term NextGen priorities over the next four years.
Hagel Suggests Army Take on Coastal Defense Role 

Despite ongoing budget cuts that are forcing the Army to shrink, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel says U.S. land forces will remain relevant now and into the future. The Army will be tapped to respond to potential threats in Eastern Europe, the Middle East and the Pacific—often thought of in terms of air- and sea-based response. 

Obama Reaches Out For Pentagon Support On Budget 
Obama attempts to rally the military brass to urge Congress to loosen its purse strings
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