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
Pentagon’s Innovation Push; A Rules Spat; the President’s Next Ride 

After years of discussion about incremental upgrades or off-the-shelf insertions into older programs, the Pentagon’s next generation of equipment is taking shape. The defense budget plan for fiscal 2016 and beyond features increased spending on new nuclear delivery vehicles and an initiative to pursue advanced fighter engines and a post-F-35 fighter (see pages 26 and 30). Along with that, the request seeks continued aid for NATO and an ongoing emphasis on intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR).

Land of Opportunity in Space
The boom in small Earth-observation satellites is expanding a market in which businesses and governments alike can gather valuable insight for monitoring climate change, political hot spots, business activities and disaster zones.
New Chairman In The House; Small UAS; F-35 Alumni; FAA Database 
Rep. Mac Thornberry, the new chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, plans to evaluate the costs of modernizing U.S. nuclear weapons and delivery systems and take on the Pentagon’s sluggish procurement system.
Podcast: U.S. Defense Budget
A preview of programs and issues to watch for during the first week of February, when the Pentagon makes its budget request to Congress.
New HASC Chairman Vows To Assess Nuclear Modernization Costs 
The new House Armed Services Committee Chairman, Rep. Mac Thornberry (R-Texas), plans to do things a bit differently this year.
Podcast: Aviation Week's 2014 Person of the Year 3
Aviation Week editors discuss the reasons behind our selection of Vladimir Putin as Person of the Year for 2014.
Person of the Year: The Notorious Mr. Putin 107
Aviation Week’s Person of the Year is the figure who had the most impact—for better or, in this case, worse—on aerospace and aviation over the year. In 2014, Putin’s actions roiled defense, space and commercial aviation.
Changes For LCS, Senate Space Committees, and CNN’s UAVs  1
Navy tweaks littoral combat ship, NASA environmental missions may face more scrutiny, media experiments with UAVs and Ashton Carter returns to the Pentagon.
New Fund for Submarines; Borderline UAVs; the Next Defense Secretary 

With the cost of a fleet of new nuclear submarines threatening to crowd out other Navy shipbuilding projects, Congress has taken a “first step” toward maintaining funding for other projects, according to the Navy’s top acquisition official. Last year, lawmakers established the National Sea-Based Deterrence Fund, a place outside the traditional shipbuilding accounts to set aside up to $3.5 billion for the SSBN(X) Ohio-class submarine replacement program. Unobligated balances from other programs can be transferred into the fund. 

What The Space Station Can See
Every day, astronauts on board the International Space Station are taking continuous trips around Earth.
Washington Outlook: FAA’s UAS PSA, Cyberspeak And Budget Committee Shuffling 

The FAA is not quite finished with its official rules for small unmanned air systems (UAS), those under 55 lb. In the meantime, the agency did produce a public service announcement aimed at people receiving UAS as holiday gifts. “Many will be excited when they unwrap the box and find an unmanned aircraft. How do you make sure you stay off the naughty list?” the video asks, proceeding to list a number of operating guidelines.

U.S. Modernization Accounts Remain Under Pressure 
When Congress began to cap Pentagon budgets in 2011, the process of recovering from a decade of failed, delayed and over-budget major procurements was only starting. Ever since, lawmakers and defense officials have been tussling over how to cull older systems to pay for future ones. And more of the same type of wrangling looks likely for 2015.
New Leader Coming To ESA 
On July 1, Johann-Dietrich Woerner will begin a four-year term as the next director general of the European Space Agency. He is currently chairman of the executive board of the German Aerospace Center.
New Leader Coming For ESA 
On July 1, Johann-Dietrich Woerner will begin a four-year term as the next director general of the European Space Agency (ESA).
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.
 
Blogs
Jan 30, 2015
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Iraqi Airways 767 at Frankfurt Hahn Airport

Airbus A330 and A340 operators have until Feb. 6 to...More
Jan 30, 2015
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Passenger, Çargo Middle East Growth Rate #MROME

The Middle East region is forecast to have the highest RPK (revenue passenger kilometers) growth rate, but another region outpaces in cargo traffic over the period....More
Jan 29, 2015
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Supersonic Scoop (1947) 2

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015
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New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015
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Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 4

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015
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When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015
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10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015
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NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More

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