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.

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. The desire of some Republicans to retain or enlarge the defense budget is competing with the wish of Democrats to increase spending on infrastructure and other domestic programs, and Congress is perennially unable to agree on tax increases or entitlement savings that could pay for either priority.
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
Exelis Drops Army, Aims At USAF, FAA, NASA 
Exelis sets its sights on airborne and technology strengths
Russians Will Ride NASA’s New Commercial Crew Vehicles 

NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX to take U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) as a way to stop paying Russia $76 million a pop for seats (and training) in the Soyuz capsule after early 2018. But even in this era of cooling relations between the countries, it doesn’t mean astronauts will stop flying Soyuz. And cosmonauts probably will fly in the new U.S. vehicles, to restore the “dissimilar redundancy” in ISS crew transport that has been missing since the space shuttle retired.

Podcast: F-22 -- From First Flight to Operational Debut 1
Jen Dimascio, Bill Sweetman and Amy Butler discuss the history of the F-22 with all its quirks.
Militant Group Plotted Bombs That Could Evade Airport Detection 

The U.S. moved to strike Syria in part because an al Qaeda offshoot group targeted as part of the operation was growing close to developing explosives that could evade detection at airports, according to top U.S. officials. 

“The briefings we had indicated there was a growing ability to put together an explosive device which could get through the security at airports,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told reporters earlier this week.

Sierra Nevada Vows To Complete Dream Chaser 

Sierra Nevada Corp. is not happy about its loss to Boeing and SpaceX in the competition for federal funds to complete commercial human vehicles to take crews to the International Space Station (ISS), but it plans to keep building its reusable lifting-body spaceplane and use it to compete for the next round of ISS commercial cargo-delivery contracts NASA awards.

U.S. Army Chief Foresees Fighting Multiple Small Conflicts 

The U.S. Army, juggling conflict in the Middle East, a gradual drawdown in Afghanistan, a pivot to the Pacific, an Ebola outbreak in Africa and rising tension in Eastern Europe, continues its evolution beyond the days when the U.S. military was tasked to respond to one or two large-scale operations.

The new Army Operating Concept, planned to be released at next month’s Association of the U.S. Army conference, is a plan designed to respond to multiple small-scale conflicts at the same time, says Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno.

Maven Enters Martian Orbit As India's Mars Orbiter Clears Test Fire
NASA's Maven mission successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet Sept. 21, a maneuver that precedes the planned orbital insertion of India's Mars mission Sept. 24.
U.S. Army Chief Foresees Fighting Multiple Small Conflicts 
The new Army Operating Concept, planned to be released at next month’s Association of the U.S. Army conference, is a plan designed to respond to multiple small-scale conflicts at the same time, says Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno.
Military Seeks Eight F-35s, 21 Apaches
Pentagon asks to transfer cash for eight JSFs
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Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 23, 2014

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Oct 22, 2014

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Oct 21, 2014

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