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.

Pentagon Seeks New Ways To Cut F-35 Costs  1
The price of a U.S. Air Force F-35A fell below $100 million for the first time in the latest low-rate initial production lot. But that’s not good enough, the Pentagon says.
With Raytheon Out, Leonardo DRS Touts Lower-Cost T-100  19
With Leonardo’s North American arm replacing Raytheon as prime, the T-100 bid for the U.S. Air Force’s coveted $16 billion T-X contract will come in at a lower price, according to a top company executive.
F-16 Sale to Bahrain Hinges On Trump Approval 
The potential order for up to 19 additional F-16s could be a lifeline for Lockheed’s Fighting Falcon line, which is facing possible shutdown this year after deliveries to Iraq are completed.
McCain Slams F-35 For $1B Overrun, Six-Month Delay  1
The chairman of the Senate Armed Services slammed Lockheed Martin’s F-35 for cost overruns and schedule delays just one day after company executives touted progress on the program.
McCain, Thornberry Sound Alarm Over Year-Long CR 
The powerful chairmen of the Senate and House Armed Services committees are sounding the alarm over an increasingly likely year-long continuing resolution (CR) that could have devastating effects on military readiness.
First New USAF Pilots Begin F-35A Training At Luke AFB  10
The Air Force hopes a new crop of young pilots will help take the F-35 to the next level
Who Are Contenders For OA-X Light-Attack Demo?  42
Two turboprops are the leading candidates, but at least nine other aircraft could vie for a capability assessment this summer.
Lockheed Aims To Wrap Up F-35 Development, Secure Lot 11 This Year  4
Top Lockheed Martin officials are targeting the end of the year to secure a deal for the 11th batch of F-35s and wrap up development of the fifth-generation aircraft.
U.S. Air Force OA-X Light-Attack Demo Competitors 
The U.S. Air Force is looking for light-attack aircraft for its OA-X program, and two turboprops seem to be in the lead, though many more are in the running.
Boeing, Lockheed Aircraft Win Big In Trump’s Budget Plan  11
Trump’s budget stands little chance of becoming law unchanged, but still sets the stage for a significant military buildup.
USAF Eyes Rapidly Fielding Low-Cost Fighter 
If the U.S. Air Force chooses to move forward with the buy, the service could use fiscal 2016 and 2017 dollars to field the notional fleet very quickly.
Trump Seeks Sharp Funding Increase For Next-Gen Fighter  124
The proposed investment in the Air Force’s sixth-generation fighter signals the administration’s seriousness about moving quickly to modernize the service’s tactical fighter fleet beyond the stealthy F-35.
Boeing’s Super Hornet, P-8 Win Big In Trump’s Supplemental Request  1
Boeing is the big winner in President Trump’s supplemental budget request for fiscal 2017, with the White House requesting more than $3 billion for 24 additional U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornets and six more P-8 maritime patrol aircraft.
Trump’s $639B Defense Budget Invests In Munitions, F-35 
The budget proposal lifts sequestration caps, invests in critical munitions to fight violent extremists, increases the number of U.S. Navy ships and funds additional U.S. Air Force F-35s.
SpaceX Beats Out ULA For Latest GPS III Launch Contract 
SpaceX beat out United Launch Alliance (ULA) to win a $96.5 million contract to launch a next-generation GPS III satellite to orbit, a huge victory for Elon Musk’s space venture.
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