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.

Boeing’s KC-46 To Make Up For Lost Time In 2017 
Boeing is looking forward to beginning full-rate production and operation of the new U.S. Air Force KC-46 tanker in 2017.
DOD Weapons Tester Cites Progress On F-35 Ejection Seat  9
In a 62-page report that focuses primarily on delays and challenges for the F-35 program, one of the Joint Strike Fighter’s toughest critics highlighted progress toward fixing a safety issue with the aircraft’s ejection seat.
Mattis Backs Nuclear Modernization, Won’t Commit To LRSO 
President-Elect Donald Trump’s nominee to lead the Pentagon, retired Marine Gen. James Mattis, is firmly committed to modernizing the nation’s nuclear triad, but may not be on board with developing a new strategic cruise missile to arm the U.S. Air Force’s bomber fleet.
ISIS Using Small Drones To Bomb Iraqi Forces 
Islamic State terrorists are now using small drones to drop bombs on Iraqi security forces, a top U.S. Army commander in Iraq revealed.
Pilots Say F-35 Carrier Launch Problem Is Safety Concern  209
Fleet pilots say the violent vertical oscillations seen during carrier launches of the U.S. Navy’s F-35 variant are a safety concern.
Sliding Retirement Of A-10s Keeps Maintainers Hopping  8
As the Pentagon postpones a final decision on the fate of the aging Warthog, the aircraft’s maintainers are challenged to keep up with demand from the field.
DOD Video Shows Drone Swarm Demo  8
The Defense Department successfully demonstrated a mission with a swarm of Perdix micro-drones in October 2016, a video released Jan. 10 indicates.
DOD OKs Raytheon’s SM-6 For International Sales 
The Pentagon has approved the release of Raytheon’s over-the-horizon Standard Missile-6 for international sales, the company announced Jan. 10.
Lockheed Martin’s F-35: What Is Left To Fix?  46
Two Joint Strike Fighters caught fire in 2016, the latest version of the logistics system is delayed, and the final warfighting software still has problems.
Aviation Week Persons Of The Year: Pentagon’s Carter, Work and Kendall 13
Top U.S. officials revamped acquisition of weapons, engaged non-traditional companies and pushed for new technologies and thinking in the Defense Department.
U.S. Air Force Launches Cyber Swat Team 
The U.S. Air Force is launching a new cyber swat team to build resiliency into new programs and troubleshoot existing problems, Secretary Deborah Lee James announced Jan. 6.
Podcast: Why Carter, Work and Kendall Are Aviation Week's 2016 Persons of the Year 4
U.S. Defense Secretary Ash Carter, his deputy, Bob Work, and procurement czar Frank Kendall have squeezed procurement costs and reached out for new technologies. Will their reforms last? Listen in as our editors discuss.
U.S. Air Force B-52 Heavy Bomber Loses An Engine  2
One of eight medium-thrust engines fell off a U.S. Air Force B-52 heavy bomber from Minot AFB, North Dakota, in a Jan. 4 incident, the service confirmed to Aviation Week.
Defense Secretary: F-35 Lightning II Out Of The Storm  120
It was 2010, and Lockheed Martin’s F-35 fighter was on the brink of collapse. But since then, Defense Secretary Ash Carter says the program has been revived.
Boeing Wins Work On Laser Pod For Fighters 
The Pentagon has selected Boeing to develop a tactical pod for a laser weapon system planned to one day equip the U.S. Air Force’s fighter aircraft.
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