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.

Lawmakers Keep Control Of U-2 Retirements 
After days of debate, lawmakers passed a fiscal 2015 spending bill that again weighs in on the back-and-forth over the U.S. Air Force U-2 surveillance aircraft and the RQ-4 Global Hawk.
Averting Shutdown, Congress Adds Money For Lawmaker Priorities 
A $1.1 trillion omnibus spending bill designed to keep the U.S. government open for the remainder of fiscal 2015 includes $18 billion for NASA for the year.
Podcast: The Hunt for A Foreign Submarine Off Scotland
London Bureau Chief Tony Osborne and International Defense Editor Bill Sweetman discuss the U.K.'s recent trouble hunting for a possibly Russian submarine and what it says about their state of readiness.
House Directs RD-180 Replacement By 2019 
The House has passed a bill directing the Pentagon to develop a rocket propulsion system that would replace Russian RD-180 engines by 2019.
Washington Outlook: UAV Safety, RD-180 Replacement 
Senate aims at UAV safety; House looks to replace RD-180 engines by 2019; USAF works on system for safe evacuation of Ebola patients.
Combat Aircraft
The following summaries draw on data and information compiled by Dan Katz of the Aviation Week Intelligence Network (AWIN), where even more extensive program profiles, supplier information and specifications are available with a subscription.
Combat Aircraft Programs In Flux As Budgets Determine Orders And Mods 
When it comes to military combat aircraft, 2015 is supposed to mark a change from fourth- to fifth-generation aircraft in the U.S.
F-CK-1 - Tejas Light Combat Program Updates 

AIDC (Aerospace Industrial Development Corp.) F-CK-1

Korean Aerospace T-50 - Sukhoi Su-25 Program Updates 

Korea Aerospace Industries T/TA/FA-50

Intelligence From The U.S. Capital 

Within a day of the announcement of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel’s resignation, two promising candidates for replacing him quickly opted out. Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), who is likely to lead Democrats on the Senate Armed Services Committee next year, said, “No.” And then the former head of Pentagon policy, Michele Flournoy, who is the CEO of the Center for New American Security, told the think tank’s board she would not leave her current job.

With Hagel Out, Who Wants Sec Def Job? 

Even before Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel had formally announced his resignation Nov. 24, White House officials were already talking to reporters about potential successors – and about Hagel’s distance from the White House’s inner circle.

Given the difficulty that seems to have been described by many a Cabinet official, maybe the question should not be who the White House will choose, but who will accept the offer. 

Jan 29, 2015

Supersonic Scoop (1947)

Aviation Week scored one of the biggest aerospace scoops of the 20th century when on December 22, 1947, it revealed that the fabled sound barrier had been broken by U.S. Air Force Capt. Charles ‘Chuck’ Yeager in the Bell XS-1....More
Jan 26, 2015

New Photos: Chilled Lightning 5

F-35 begins extreme climate testing....More
Jan 26, 2015

Boeing 777 -- Unveiling A Design Classic (1990) 3

No matter how you gauge the success of Boeing’s 777, whether in terms of sales, profitability, safety, versatility, longevity or derivatives, few can argue the remarkable impact the twinjet has made on the industry since entering service almost 20 years ago....More
Jan 23, 2015

When Lockheed Martin Won The JSF Award (2001) 18

During its nearly 100 years of coverage, Aviation Week & Space Technology has covered many controversial programs. Perhaps none has been as big in terms of sheer value and global reach as the nine-nation, stealthy F-35 fighter project....More
Jan 22, 2015

10 Things To Watch In The 2016 Budget Request

Six years into his presidency, President Barack Obama is planning to finally submit his budget request to Congress on time—meaning the week of Feb. 2 this year....More
Jan 21, 2015

NASA's Dawn Spacecraft Finds Icy Ceres Cratered 2

"We know so much about the solar system and yet so little about dwarf planet Ceres," said Marc Rayman, Dawn's mission manager. "Now, Dawn is ready to change that."...More
Jan 21, 2015

Peru Goes Dutch For SAR Helicopters

Peru will buy three used AB-412 search and rescue (SAR) helicopters from the Netherlands, Defense Minister Jeanine Hennis-Plasschaert informed parliament Jan. 19....More
Jan 20, 2015

Belgian Army Patrols City Streets

It was not a long weekend like it was in the States, but I felt the presence of the Belgian army on the streets of Brussels Jan. 17 when I saw a Light Multirole Vehicle bristling with antennas turn the corner on Rue Royale and drive past the parliament....More

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