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.

U.S. Military Seeks Eight F-35s, 21 Apaches 

Even though U.S. missions are shifting with the drawdown in Afghanistan to air strikes in Iraq and Syria, the practice of using wartime funding to pay for long-term projects remains in vogue. 

U.S. Military Seeks Eight F-35s, 21 Apaches 
More than half of the $2 billion transfer request would fund the purchase of six Marine Corps F-35Bs to replace AV-8B harriers and two Air Force F-35s to replace F-15 combat losses.
Senators Want Obama To Seek Congress’s Approval For Strikes 
Senators call for vote on Syrian airstrikes
A Spat Over Crash-Investigation Spin 

Even if information is publicly accessible, should it be deliberately circulated? That is the question surrounding the National Transportation Safety Board’s decision to oust UPS and its pilots union, the Independent Pilots Association (IPA), from the investigation into the August 2013 crash of UPS Flight 1354. On the eve of the one-year anniversary of the Aug.

Opinion: Police Receive Excess Military Helos With DLA Program 
Pentagon transfer program faces scrutiny after Missouri protests
Outside Panel Calls For End To Defense Budget Cuts 

Budget reductions over the last three years are hurting the military’s ability to support the nation’s security strategy, contends a high-level bipartisan panel in a report delivered to Congress. “The growing gap between the strategic objectives the U.S. military is expected to achieve and the resources required to do so is causing risk to accumulate toward unacceptable levels,” says the National Defense Panel led by former Defense Secretary William Perry and Army Gen. (ret.) John Abizaid. 

Recommendations For Integrating UAS In U.S. Skies 

Even though the FAA predicts the U.S. will be home to 7,500 active unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the next five years, the agency regulating the nation’s airspace has a long way to go to make the skies safe for UAS to fly, according to the Transportation Department’s inspector general (IG). The FAA continues to work toward the goal established by Congress of integrating UAS into the national airspace by September 2015, a report from the IG states. But progress has been held up by a number of technological, regulatory and managerial barriers. 

Pentagon Requests Business Case For Training Helos 

Along with its fiscal 2015 budget rollout early this year, the U.S. Army announced it will replace Bell -TH-67 helicopters with UH-72 Lakotas to train pilots at the Army Aviation Center of Excellence at Fort Rucker, Alabama. Industry officials argue that the decision sets up what is a sole-source contract award to Airbus for at least 100 aircraft, and they note that over the long-term, cheaper options may exist. Now the Army’s proposal is facing some scrutiny from Congress and the Pentagon. 

Pentagon Seeks Business Case For U.S. Army’s Training Helo Plan 
"I’ve asked the Army to show me their business case," says Frank Kendall, the military’s top civilian in charge of buying weapons.
Operational Hosted Payloads Clear Big Government Hurdle
Adoption of a catalog procurement mechanism puts hosted payloads on the horizon
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.

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