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.

F-35 Logistics System OK’d For U.S. Navy, Air Force 
The government has approved the latest iteration of the F-35’s troubled fleet management system, which fully integrates data from the Pratt & Whitney F135 engine, for installation on U.S. Navy and U.S. Air Force sites.
F-35 Will Skip Paris Air Show and RIAT, Program Office Says 
A spokeswoman for the F-35's Joint Program Office says the U.S. Air Force and Marine Corps have made no plans to send the fifth-generation fighter to this summer's major European air shows.
F-35As Land In Estonia, On Russia’s Doorstep  1
The two F-35As and about 20 supporting airmen will remain in Estonia for a brief period before returning to RAF Lakenheath, UK.
With C-X Decades Away, U.S. Air Force Upgrades Aging Transport Fleet  2
The service wants its legacy airlifters to have laser-based missile defense, modern communications and an engine upgrade.
GAO Warns F-35 Will See $1.7B Overrun, One-Year Slip  112
The F-35’s development program will wrap up one year late in May 2018 and require $1.7 billion more than planned, a new report from the GAO says.
U.S. Army Eyes ‘Leap-Ahead Technology’ For Future Rotorcraft  3
A top U.S. Army official warns that a year-long continuing resolution would cripple the fledgling Future Vertical Lift effort.
U.S. Navy Orders Review Of T-45, F/A-18 Oxygen Problems 
A memo by Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adam. Bill Moran obtained by Aviation Week directs the commander of the Pacific Fleet to lead an review into recent hypoxia events in U.S. Navy T-45s and F/A-18s.
U.S. Navy Further Limits T-45 Flying To 5,000 ft. 
The U.S. Navy has further restricted flying in the Boeing T-45C Goshawk after one instructor pilot reported headaches after performing dynamic flying in the troubled tandem-seat trainer.
In Europe, USAF F-35s Blaze Trail For Future Deployments  39
F-35 to fly with British Typhoons, Dutch F16s and USAF F-15s during UK deployment.
U.S. Air Force Wants To Turn KC-135 Into Networking Gateway 
The USAF wants to turn the KC-135 into an airborne gateway, translating data between different networks so operators on the ground and in the sky can talk to each other.
Podcast: Decoding the F-15 Retirement Proposal 35
With a limited budget and a strategic need for airpower, the U.S. Air Force is weighing its future fighter fleet options. Our editors discuss the idea of retiring National Guard F-15s in favor of upgrading F-16s.
USAF F-35 Kicks Off NATO Deployment 
The F-35 may be designed to be low-observable, but the arrival into the UK of eight aircraft for the type’s first overseas deployment with the U.S. Air Force has been anything but.
Boeing Pulls Out Of Belgium’s Fighter Competition 
Boeing will not participate in Belgium’s effort to replace its aging F-16s, narrowing options for future international sales of the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
USAF Chief Not Sold On F-15 Eagle Retirement 
The U.S. Air Force has not made a final decision on whether to retire the F-15C/D Eagle, but service chief Gen. David Goldfein still is not convinced it’s the right path forward.
F-35 Arrives In UK Amid Russia Tensions 
The aircraft will conduct training with other Europe-based U.S. and NATO aircraft for the next few weeks as part of the European Reassurance Initiative.
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