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
Huerta ‘Open’ to FAA Restructuring; Nuclear Priority; China Restrictions To Stay 
Lawmakers consider removing ATC and modernization from FAA’s list of duties; Pentagon to guard nuclear weapons dollars; and an incoming chairman vows to continue blocking Chinese space cooperation.
Inside the Cabin: ISS Astronauts Talk to Aviation Week
Watch Mark Carreau interview NASA astronauts Barry "Butch" Wilmore and Terry Virts aboard the International Space Station.
Reducing The Cost Of Attack, Russia’s ISS Departure, Another Ex-Im Bank Push And An Aerospace Exit 
The Navy looks for lower-cost firepower, Russia plans 2024 ISS Exit, Ex-Im bank advocates flock to Capitol and AIA’s Blakey heads to Rolls-Royce.
Airline CEO Tiff, U.S.-India UAV, And Next Round In Ukraine  1
Delta CEO Richard Anderson’s recent comments about airline subsidies and 9/11 offended his counterparts in the Gulf.
Fiscal 2016 Federal Budget Issues to Watch 

The Pentagon’s $585 billion request for fiscal 2016 may far outpace spending by other countries, but if current budget caps force a reduction, lawmakers are looking for ways to help balance the books. Five high-profile defense analysts from Washington think tanks offered suggestions to the House Armed Services Committee Feb. 11. Some echoed the Pentagon’s recommendations to cut bases, personnel and compensation. But many of those ideas have been rejected by Congress year after year, and in that light, Rep.

Weapons For Ukraine; Rights To Property On The Moon; Gen Av Fees 
Senators try to build support to give Ukraine “defensive lethal weapons”; Bigelow Aerospace asks for a review of property rights on the Moon; the Obama budget request omits the proposed private-jet user fee.
Carter Backs Idea Of Sending Weapons To Ukraine 
Defense Secretary nominee Ashton Carter told Congress he would support the idea of providing weapons to Ukraine.
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.
 
Blogs
Mar 5, 2015
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GE’s Failed Play For Honeywell (2001)

Industry consolidation may well be coming, but there will probably not be a repeat of the Darwinian spectacle that occurred between the mid-1990s and the early 2000s....More
Mar 4, 2015
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1957: Broken Arrow 20

The most capable interceptor of the 1960s might not have been American or Russian, or even British, French or Swedish....More
Mar 2, 2015
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1969: The Concorde's Hopeful First Flight 2

On March 2, 1969, Aviation Week’s Donald Fink was on hand to witness the first flight of the supersonic Anglo-French Concorde in Toulouse, France....More
Mar 1, 2015
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U.S. Spacewalkers Complete Space Station Docking Port Antenna Installations, Cable Extensions 4

"That was an amazing effort," said NASA spacewalker Terry Virts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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NavWeek: Running With the Pac 1

The general feeling among many of China’s naval neighbors and in U.S. military circles is that China has been turning into a bit of a bully in (re)staking territorial claims in the seas off its coasts....More
Feb 27, 2015
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A400M Faces Production Challenges in 2015

Initially, Airbus was supposed to deliver 22 aircraft to at least four customers this year....More
Feb 27, 2015
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Pilot Report: Flying The Embraer 170 (2003)

Former Editor-in-Chief Dave North wrote pilot reports on more than 120 aircraft during his career at Aviation Week. His visits to Embraer began in 1978, long before the Brazilian company’s privatization and emergence as a powerhouse in regional jets. Here, he recalls his Embraer experiences, culminating in a test flight of the E170....More
Feb 26, 2015
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France's Defense Procurement Agency Saved By Rafale Sale

French exports were up in 2014, but the year ahead brings uncertainty....More

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