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.

First F-35As Land In Asia As U.S. Sounds Alarm On North Korea 
The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A made its first appearance on the Korean peninsula this week, a clear sign of U.S. muscle.
Podcast: A Trio of Pentagon Combat Aircraft Competitions
A look at the state of play on the U.S. Navy’s MQ-25 carrier-based aerial-refueling UAV, to the U.S. Air Force’s attempt to replace its Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System and its T-X advanced combat trainer program.
Mattis Condemns Budget Caps, Space Corps 
“No enemy in the field has done more to harm the warfighting readiness of our military than sequestration,” the defense secretary wrote in a letter to armed services lawmakers.
Stealthy Super Hornet In Cards As Boeing Plans Major Overhaul  63
As the U.S. Navy’s Super Hornets reach the end of their planned service life, Boeing is eyeing an exhaustive overhaul.
Global Hawk Back On Table As USAF Weighs J-Stars Replacement  25
Global Hawk may be the U.S. Air Force’s fallback option for ground surveillance if the service decides against a replacement for J-Stars.
USAF Steadily Ramping Up Smart Bomb Production 
The U.S. Air Force is steadily ramping up production of precision-guided weapons.
U.S. Air Force’s T-X Pilot Trainer Slips 
Despite the urgency of the replacement effort, the T-X contract award is now delayed until after the new year, the U.S. Air Force says.
Non-Classified F-35, P-8 Data Stolen In Cyber Breach  34
About 30 gigabytes of sensitive data were stolen from a small Australian defense contractor, including details on Lockheed Martin’s F-35 and C-130 transport aircraft, and Boeing’s P-8 and Joint Direct Attack Munition smart bomb.
Amid Regional Threats, V-22 Marks First Pacific Crossing 
The MV-22 Osprey recently completed its first roundtrip Pacific crossing.
Top Weapons Buyer Looks To Shift Most Programs To Services  4
The Pentagon's new top weapons buyer hopes to offload day-to-day oversight of most major acquisition programs from the department--with a few exceptions.
Pentagon Moves Forward With Secretive Ship-Killing Missile 
The Pentagon has selected Lockheed Martin to upgrade the U.S. Army’s long-range artillery rocket to strike moving targets both on land and at sea under an effort run by the department’s secretive innovation office, Aviation Week has learned.
Can The U.S. Army Use Lasers To Down Mortars And Drones? 
At least one company believes directed energy could be the future of mobile air defense against incoming rockets, artillery shells, mortar rounds and even small drones.
U.S. Army Developing Its First Ship-Killing Missile 
The U.S. Army’s research arm is hard at work on its first shore-based missile intended to destroy both maritime and land targets and increase the range and lethality of its defenses.
Frozen F/A-18 Valve Is Latest Clue In U.S. Navy’s Hypoxia Mystery  9
For the first time, the Navy has linked a specific component failure to a surge of cockpit events.
Leonardo DRS Helping U.S. Army Defeat Drones 
Counter-unmanned aerial system (C-UAS) capability is seen as an urgent operational need, as cheap, off-the-shelf UAS proliferate around the globe.
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