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.

Middle East Power Balance, Thailand’s Aviation Safety and ISS Costs 
Despite Iran deal, the Middle East is a hotbed of weapons sales, FAA threatens to downgrade Thai aviation safety, cost of operating the ISS skyrockets and a politician’s home-state advantage.
Defense Bill Differences, Open Skies Lobbying and a Growing Space Economy 
Will McCain’s proposal to bring service chiefs into weapons-buying process stand? Will Obama side with airlines or airframe makers? And the space economy grows.
Lawmaker On Acquisition Reform: Too Many Chiefs In The Kitchen? 
The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee thinks so.
Congress Ends Future Ex-Im Bank Assistance, For Now 
Lapse in Ex-Im bank assistance could hurt Boeing in the long term, and the general aviation community sooner; Former NASA chief provides another perspective on SpaceX’s commercial viability.
Ex-Im Bank’s Operating Authority To Expire 
The bank is an important priority for the White House, which says Ex-Im has supported $235 billion in exports over the last six years, through direct loans, loan guarantees, working-capital guarantees and export credit insurance.
Ex-Im Bank’s Operating Authority To Expire 
While the bank will be able to continue to operate and fulfill its past obligations, it will not be able to provide new assistance as of July 1.
Ex-Im Bank’s Operating Authority To Expire 
While the bank will be able to continue to operate and fulfill its past obligations, it will not be able to provide new assistance as of July 1.
Podcast: Post-Paris Doldrums? Hardly
Our editors discuss why there may have been bigger news this week than at Le Bourget, thanks to Jim McNerney, Tom Enders, Charlie Bolden and One Web. 
Funding For Nukes, Against The ATC Reorg And A Space Laser 
U.S. grapples with spending to modernize nuclear capabilities, NextGen chief worries privatizing ATC could disrupt progress, administration official warns of Senate cuts to space laser program and the Pentagon boosts spending on space warfare.
Congressman Calls for New Engine—Not a New Rocket  1
House hearing solicits government, industry perspectives on the Atlas V engine replacement.
UTC CEO: Robust Sikorsky Bids 'Surprising' 
Over the next two months, the Connecticut-based aerospace and industrial giant will evaluate whether to sell the helicopter business that has been part of UTC since 1929 or spin it off.
Podcast: The Paris Air Show: That’s a Wrap
From the Airbus A380 to satellites and a newfangled AirbusX6 helicopter, the Aviation Week team at Paris talks through the highlights of the show.
UTC: Bidders Clamoring For Sikorsky  1
Antitrust, Pentagon concerns could be hurdles to Sikorsky sale
MBDA to Lead Meads Development for Germany
MBDA will be the lead contractor developing the Medium Extended Air Defense System for Germany, which recently selected Meads over the Raytheon Patriot missile defense system.
Textron Seeks UAV Gold Abroad 


LE BOURGET, France—After developing and flying tactical UAVs for the U.S. military for years during the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Textron is seeing export opportunities for the systems take off.

Three years ago, the U.S.-based company was looking at five different international opportunities. Now they are tracking 25 across Europe, the Middle East and Asia.

With declining U.S. defense budgets and a decreased operational tempo, demand there was beginning to flag.


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