Lara Seligman

Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week

As Aviation Week’s Pentagon Editor, Lara Seligman writes about U.S. and international military aviation. Lara began her career as a military reporter covering Navy aviation and shipbuilding for Inside Defense, before moving over to cover the Air Force for Defense News. Prior to moving to the defense beat in 2013, Lara covered Congress and politics, first for National Journal and then for The Hill Newspaper. A Philadelphia native, Lara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.

USAF Hopes To Lift T-6 Grounding, But Toxic Air Still A Problem 
The U.S. Air Force hopes to get its T-6 Texan II trainers back in the skies by Feb. 26 with some interim measures in place to ensure pilots are not breathing potentially toxic air during flight, as engineers continue investigating what is wrong with the aircraft’s oxygen system.
USAF Speeds Next-Gen Fighter Family, With Eye Toward China 
In the run-up to the Air Force Association's annual air warfare symposium, Secretary Heather Wilson says the service is looking to pivot from the counterterrorism fight in the Middle East to preparing for a potential clash with China.
Why USAF Is Putting Brakes On F-35 Ramp  4
The USAF has decided to buy F-35s more slowly because of snowballing retrofit costs and several critical milestones that have not been completed.
Leader Spotlight: U.S. Air Force Brig Gen. Lance Bunch 
View the Leader Spotlight: U.S. Air Force Brig Gen. Lance Bunch in PDF format.
Silicon Valley Firm Launches Autonomous ‘Drone Hunter’ 

Fortem Technologies, Inc., a new Silicon Valley-funded firm based in Utah, has launched a new solution to the emerging threat of rogue drones trespassing near critical military and civilian infrastructure.                                                            &nbs

The Winners Of Trump’s Pentagon Budget—And A Few Losers  56
The Pentagon has laid out an ambitious spending plan for the U.S. military this year, but several programs still got slashed.
USAF T-6 Grounding Has Cost 82 New Pilots So Far 
The fleetwide stand-down of the U.S. Air Force’s T-6 Texan II trainers across six operating locations due to a spike in unexplained physiological events has cost the service 82 new pilots and counting, a top official says.
Podcast: Decoding the U.S. Fiscal 2019 Defense Budget 1
The president has asked Congress to spent about $700 billion on the U.S. military in fiscal 2019, providing a cash infusion for fighter aircraft, the nuclear arsenal, missile defense, navy lasers and more.
B-2s, B-1s To Be Retired As USAF Streamlines Fleet 
The U.S. Air Force’s bomber force of the future will consist of Northrop Grumman’s next-generation B-21 and Boeing’s Vietnam-era B-52 Stratofortress, after the supersonic Rockwell B-1B and stealthy Northrop B-2 are phased out.
U.S. Navy Boosts Boeing’s Super Hornet, Invests In Lasers 

Editor’s Note: This is an updated version of a story that appeared in the Feb. 13 edition.

The U.S. Navy in its fiscal 2019 budget blueprint is seeking to significantly boost the number of Boeing F/A-18 E/F Super Hornets it is buying over the next five years to help plug its strike fighter gap until the F-35C comes online. 

USAF Wants To Divest Three E-8C J-Stars Next Year  1
Three of the USAF's E-8C Jstars ground surveillance and battle management planes could be headed to the boneyard next year if the service gets its way.
USAF’s F-15 Eagle Lives On—At Least For Now 
Service officials last year floated the possibility of junking the undefeated air superiority fighter in favor of Lockheed Martin’s F-16 upgraded with active electronically scanned array (AESA) radars, as a way to save money amid shrinking budgets.
USAF’s Light Attack Aircraft Could Take Years To Field 
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with plans to field a force of low-cost, light attack aircraft, but it will take years to come to fruition.
What’s Wrong With The U.S. Navy’s F/A-18s?  4
The stakes are high for Boeing as the Navy looks to make a series of F/A-18 design changes in response to a surge in hypoxia-like episodes.
Trump Cuts Obama’s Planned F-35 Purchases 
Despite a windfall of defense spending, President Donald Trump’s Pentagon has cut planned purchases of Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter in the short term.
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