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.

USAF Seeks Industry Input For Next Missile Warning Satellites 
The U.S. Air Force is looking for companies that can launch a boost-phase missile warning satellite that is equal to or better than today’s Space-Based Infrared Systems by 2025.
Lawmakers Debate President’s First Nuclear Strike Authority  10
Experts in nuclear policy caution that changes to limit the president's authority on ordering a first strike could disrupt the U.S.’s ability to deter attacks.
The Week in Defense, Nov. 16-23, 2017 
In this week’s roundup, Malaysia considers buying used Japanese P-3 Orions; Intelsat and General Atomics show they can swap beams between a satellite and a UAV; Russian Helicopters makes an early delivery; U.S. gathers three carriers in the Pacific; and Norway seeks air-to-air missiles.
Lawmakers Challenge U.S. Air Force Space Leadership  2
In this week's Washington Outlook: Defense policy legislation skips the creation of a corps, puts the deputy defense secretary in charge of space spending.
The Week In Defense, Nov. 9-15, 2017 
Can Denmark’s defense ministry perform all of the tasks it thought it could with 27 F-35s? Also, India’s latest weapons tests, Orbital’s next-gen launch system clears new milestone, and Harris develops all-digital payload for future GPS III satellites.
Podcast: Combat Aircraft Safety 2
A look at two important pilot safety issues: one, the mysterious causes of hypoxia-like symptoms in pilots. And two, a new technology that could prevent crashes in the air as well as into the ground.
Trump Asks Congress To Add $5.9B To Defense Budget Request 
A large portion of the amended request, $2.1 billion, would support missile defense efforts, including building a new ground-based interceptor field at Fort Greely, Alaska.
House Science Chair Retiring From Congress At End Of Term 
Rep. Lamar Smith (R-Texas), chairman of the House Science, Space and Technology Committee that oversees NASA, will not seek re-election next year.
Is U.S. Nuclear Modernization Worth $1.2 Trillion?  114
In this week’s Washington Outlook: The nuclear posture review will have to consider whether the Pentagon can afford the current plan to deter adversaries.
Raytheon Delivers First Version of GPS OCX 
The delivery of the control system, called GPS OCX, keeps the 2018 launch of Lockheed Martin’s first GPS III satellite on track.
The Week In Defense, Nov. 2-9, 2017  3
Russia selects SR-10 trainer; Indonesia opts for Kongsberg defense system; UN reports civilian casualties in Afghanistan; IAI sells conformal fighter antenna.
Podcast: How Stealth Technology Changed the World 7
John Griffin, the chief engineer on the B-2 bomber program, discusses the origins and significance of stealth aircraft.
Space Companies Seek Relief from Rules, Help With Debris  1
In this week's Washington Outlook: Those preparing to broaden access to space want relief from broadband spectrum rules, an easier path to launches and help keeping low Earth orbit safe.
The Week In Defense, Oct. 26-Nov. 2, 2017 
Czech Republic asks U.S. to buy 12 Huey helicopters; NATO general warns Turkey about buying Russian SAMs; a milestone for a modernized nuclear warhead; Bulgarian pilots opt not to participate in training flights.
Renewing The Call To Increase Defense Spending 
Washington think tank proposes repairing and replacing the military’s equipment; Defense Secretary James Mattis wants a new round of base closures; Santa Monica airport is free to shorten a runway.
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