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.

Podcast: Brewing Crisis in the Baltic
As NATO and Russia are stepping up air patrols in and around Eastern Europe – including an increasing amount of flights with transponders turned off – aviation safety officials are scrambling to keep the skies safe for commercial airlines.
Hubble Space Telescope Turns 25 4
Here is a small sample of the more than 1 million observations Hubble has produced in a quarter century of service.
Congress Backs F-35; Earth-Monitoring Targeted; Gyrocopter Landing  1
House Armed Services Committee stands by the F-35; Republicans want EPA, other agencies to fund Earth-observation; and a gyrocopter lands on the Capitol grounds.
Podcast: India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Surprise
India hit the reset button on stalled contract talks with Dassault, opting for a government-to-government sale of 36 Rafale fighters. Our editors discuss what the deal means for India, Dassault and future combat aircraft competitions.
GOP Lawmakers Say NASA Slights Space For Climate Change Research 
NASA is spending too much of its tight budget on Earth science missions and not enough on space exploration, according to House Republican lawmakers who also faulted the U.S. space agency on its most ambitious new exploration program.
Lawmakers Worry About F-35 Maintenance System’s Flawed Results 
While maintaining strong support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, lawmakers are worrying about the efficacy and cost of the Automated Logistics Information System (ALIS), the program’s gee-whiz maintenance tool.
Competition Keeps F-35 Engine Contractor Quiet On Price 
When it comes to the cost of the engine for the world’s most-expensive fighter, contractor Pratt & Whitney is still not providing a dollar figure.
Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook
Ahead of next week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, our editors discuss the latest on an American-built engine to send U.S. national security assets to space, competition between ULA and Space X, the state of U.S.-Russian relations and more.
‘Stick Rockets,” Engine Jousting, Ex-Im Case And McCain’s Run  1
Mars exploration plans more down-to-Earth; Pratt ready for F-35 engine competitors; another win for Ex-Im bank; McCain wants sixth term.
Why To Care About The Budget, Egypt Aid And Cuba Travel  1
A guide to this year’s defense budget season; U.S. resumes aid to Egypt; travelers return to Cuba; and the up-side of the Antares launch failure.
U.S. Navy Seeks Additional F-35s, F/A-18 Super Hornets 
The chiefs of staff of the military services have sent Congress their annual “unfunded requirements” lists, and for fiscal 2016, the Navy’s list is heavy on requests for new aircraft.
The Start Of A Yearlong Space Mission 1
With the goal of sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s growing near, Expedition 43 sends two men to the ISS for a year to test the physical and psychological impact of deep-space travel.
Moving ATC From FAA, Catching A Space Rock, More Than ISR 
The airlines back the idea of privatizing the FAA’s ATC roles; NASA picks its asteroid direction; McCain sets defense priorities; and Chuck Norris defends the A-10.
Adjusting the RD-180 Restriction, FAA Changes Afoot, NASA Alters Review Timeline 
Lawmaker considers tweaking last year’s congressional restrictions on RD-180 engine purchases; NASA reschedules big-ticket design reviews after inspector general report; and the FAA is in for a change.
U.S. Army Helicopter Engine RFP Expected In May 
The transition is coming as the Army has secured funding for the 3,000-shp future helicopter engine program, from fiscal 2016 and beyond despite ongoing defense budget pressure.
Special Topics
May 18, 2015

Fire In the Cabin 2

While installing a fireplace in a cabin clearly would be a bad idea, Lufthansa Technik develops a technology that uses illuminated water mist with an image of burning wood to create a fireplace for VIP aircraft....More
May 15, 2015

Cardington: Britain’s Airship Heritage 2

Construction of Cardington’s Number 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Construction of Cardington’s No. 1 shed, currently housing the HAV project, began in 1916 when Short Brothers was awarded an Admiralty contract for the development of dirigible airships....More
May 11, 2015

NavWeek: China Coastal Catch 8

China last year accelerated its plans to “reclaim” areas like the Spratly Islands, and the Asian giant is banking on its coast guard to protect its disputed maritime stakes in the region, according to the Pentagon....More
May 10, 2015

Ethiopian Airlines Takes Delivery Of Newest 737-800

Ethiopian Airlines' fleet renewal and growth continued this week with the delivery of a new Boeing 737-800 from Seattle. Routing through Washington-Dulles and then Dublin, Ireland, the latest 737NG is Ethiopian's 16th. Since 2010, the East African carrier has taken delivery of 25 Boeing 737/777/787s as well as 13 Bombardier DHC8-Q400 regional turbo aircraft. One of the fastest-growing and most modern of African airlines, Ethiopian also has a burgeoning MRO business....More
May 7, 2015

Vantage Searches For An Advantage 3

It's easy to see why the composite machine turns heads; it sits high on a fighter-jet type landing gear, has a spaceship-like cockpit and those forward-swept wings, which beyond looking awesome, allow for a larger cabin as the main structure for the wings can be behind the seating area....More

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