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.

Exelis Drops Army, Aims At USAF, FAA, NASA 
Exelis sets its sights on airborne and technology strengths
Russians Will Ride NASA’s New Commercial Crew Vehicles 

NASA selected Boeing and SpaceX to take U.S. astronauts to and from the International Space Station (ISS) as a way to stop paying Russia $76 million a pop for seats (and training) in the Soyuz capsule after early 2018. But even in this era of cooling relations between the countries, it doesn’t mean astronauts will stop flying Soyuz. And cosmonauts probably will fly in the new U.S. vehicles, to restore the “dissimilar redundancy” in ISS crew transport that has been missing since the space shuttle retired.

Podcast: F-22 -- From First Flight to Operational Debut 1
Jen Dimascio, Bill Sweetman and Amy Butler discuss the history of the F-22 with all its quirks.
Militant Group Plotted Bombs That Could Evade Airport Detection 

The U.S. moved to strike Syria in part because an al Qaeda offshoot group targeted as part of the operation was growing close to developing explosives that could evade detection at airports, according to top U.S. officials. 

“The briefings we had indicated there was a growing ability to put together an explosive device which could get through the security at airports,” Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Carl Levin (D-Mich.) told reporters earlier this week.

Sierra Nevada Vows To Complete Dream Chaser 

Sierra Nevada Corp. is not happy about its loss to Boeing and SpaceX in the competition for federal funds to complete commercial human vehicles to take crews to the International Space Station (ISS), but it plans to keep building its reusable lifting-body spaceplane and use it to compete for the next round of ISS commercial cargo-delivery contracts NASA awards.

U.S. Army Chief Foresees Fighting Multiple Small Conflicts 

The U.S. Army, juggling conflict in the Middle East, a gradual drawdown in Afghanistan, a pivot to the Pacific, an Ebola outbreak in Africa and rising tension in Eastern Europe, continues its evolution beyond the days when the U.S. military was tasked to respond to one or two large-scale operations.

The new Army Operating Concept, planned to be released at next month’s Association of the U.S. Army conference, is a plan designed to respond to multiple small-scale conflicts at the same time, says Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno.

Maven Enters Martian Orbit As India's Mars Orbiter Clears Test Fire
NASA's Maven mission successfully entered orbit around the Red Planet Sept. 21, a maneuver that precedes the planned orbital insertion of India's Mars mission Sept. 24.
U.S. Army Chief Foresees Fighting Multiple Small Conflicts 
The new Army Operating Concept, planned to be released at next month’s Association of the U.S. Army conference, is a plan designed to respond to multiple small-scale conflicts at the same time, says Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno.
Military Seeks Eight F-35s, 21 Apaches
Pentagon asks to transfer cash for eight JSFs
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
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