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.

Band’s Travel Woes Spotlight Gap In Baggage Rules 

Do guitars qualify as carry-on luggage? According to Congress, they should. But as is often the case in Washington, the law hasn’t quite caught up with the rules. Though a law was passed two years ago mandating that musical instruments can be safely stowed on commercial flights, the Transportation Department hasn’t yet completed the rules to implement the law. This disconnect might have gone unnoticed, if not for an incident involving the folk-rock band Deer Tick. U.S.

Russian CEOs Brush Off Diplomatic Tension 
A&D business proceeds despite visa snub and sanctions
Hagel Seeks To Speed Iron Dome Production 
Congress responded quickly to the request. Sen. Barbara Mikulski (D-Md.), who leads the Senate Appropriations Committee responsible for government spending, is proposing to add the $225 million to an emergency spending bill.
Shelton: Recent Events Call RD-180 Supply Into Question
Increased tension between the U.S. and Russia following last week’s shootdown of a Malaysia Airlines 777 is adding fuel to U.S. efforts to consider an alternative to the Russian-made RD-180 rocket engine, the U.S. Air Force’s top space officer says.
U.K. Defense Investment Boost Includes Istar Funding 

FARNBOROUGH — In what the UK’s prime minister calls “a remarkable turnaround in our defense budget, the country is planning to invest £1.1 billion in its military.”

Italy’s Piedmont Region Markets Light Aircraft To China
Business officials in Italy’s mountainous northwest corner are marketing the region’s aerospace technology development programs in China.
Exelis Retrofits Aircraft for Electronic Battles
From retrofitting aftermarket sales of fighters to exploiting gaps in military acquisition planning, Exelis is upgrading electronic warfare equipment for U.S. and global aircraft.
U.K. Defense Investment Boost Includes Istar Funding
In what the UK’s prime minister calls “a remarkable turnaround in our defense budget, the country is planning to invest GBP1.1 billion in its military.”
Study: Global Competition For Defense Export Intensifies 

Two years ago at the Farnborough International Air Show, defense companies were optimistic about generating export sales to offset declining government support at home. Now Western defense executives are worrying about the rapid spike in competition from companies in China, Israel, India, Brazil and South Korea. 

President Threatens To Veto Bonus Depreciation Bill 

Business jets, one of the White House’s favorite symbols of corporate excess, are back in the administration’s crosshairs. The White House is threatening to veto a bill that would make permanent a 50% bonus depreciation measure on certain capital equipment, including biz jets. The bill is among a series drafted by the House Ways and Means Committee that would make permanent tax breaks that for years have been approved on a temporary basis. 

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