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.

Airline Ticket Price War; Budget Committee Shuffle; Southwest Slots 
Powerful New York senator takes aim at airline ticket prices that carriers contend remain a bargain, Republican committee leadership changes and Southwest wins slots from Kansas City to Washington.
Lawmakers Keep Control Of U-2 Retirements 
After days of debate, lawmakers passed a fiscal 2015 spending bill that again weighs in on the back-and-forth over the U.S. Air Force U-2 surveillance aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
Averting Shutdown, Congress Adds Money For Lawmaker Priorities 
A $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government open for the remainder of fiscal 2015 includes $18 billion for NASA for the year.
Podcast: The Hunt for A Foreign Submarine Off Scotland
London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne and International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman discuss the U.K.'s recent trouble hunting for a possibly Russian submarine and what it says about their state of readiness.
House Directs RD-180 Replacement By 2019 
The House has passed a bill directing the Pentagon to develop a rocket propulsion system that would replace Russian RD-180 engines by 2019.
Washington Outlook: UAV Safety, RD-180 Replacement 
Senate aims at UAV safety; House looks to replace RD-180 engines by 2019; USAF works on system for safe evacuation of Ebola patients.
Combat Aircraft
The following summaries draw on data and information compiled by Dan Katz of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN), where even more extensive program profiles, supplier information and specifications are available with a subscription.
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.
F-CK-1 - Tejas Light Combat Program Updates 

AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) F-CK-1

Korean Aerospace T-50 - Sukhoi Su-25 Program Updates 

Korea Aerospace Industries T/TA/FA-50

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.

Dec 18, 2014

Fly to Cuba?

Will restored diplomatic relations between Cuba and the U.S. open travel and aviation aftermarket opportunities?...More
Dec 18, 2014

SpaceX Slips ISS Cargo Run To Early January

Company opts to conduct second Falcon 9 static fire test before launch....More
Dec 15, 2014

NavWeek: U.S.? You Bet

Counting on the U.S. right now in the region looks to be worth the gamble....More

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