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.

Saab CEO Touts U.S.-Built T-X Trainer  2
The Swedish manufacturer is exploring options for a U.S. facility to build the new trainer.
Two Dead In U.S. Navy T-45 Crash; Squadron Pauses Flight Ops 
A U.S. Navy training squadron has paused flight operations after a fatal crash of a T-45 Goshawk in East Tennessee that left two pilots dead.
From F-35 To OC-X: New SMC Leader Tackles Space Acquisition 
Lt. Gen. John Thompson is taking the reins at a critical moment for U.S. Air Force Space and Missile Systems Center.
U.S. Air Force Rewriting Rules In Syrian Air War  1
The service asks airmen to take on more responsibility in an unconventional fight.
Podcast: The New Scarce Commodity—Pilots 5
From U.S. Air Force generals to Chinese civil authorities, the push is on to find more pilots. Aviation Week editors discuss.
USAF Expects Final Decision On J-Stars Recap In October 
The evaluation will look at how to tie together disaggregated sensors in ways that were not possible in 1991 when J-Stars was first fielded.
North Korea’s 'Intent' Worries Northcom Chief 
The U.S. Air Force general in charge of Northern Command says she is concerned about North Korean leader Kim Jong-Un’s intent to follow through with threats of attacking the homeland.
A Niche For Textron’s Scorpion? USAF Warms To ‘Light ISR’ 
The U.S. Air Force is interested in looking more closely at the potential of Textron’s Scorpion aircraft as a low-cost alternative to current ISR capabilities.
USAF Preparing To Send Light Attack Contenders To Combat  78
The U.S. Air Force is moving forward with preparations to take two off-the-shelf light attack turboprop aircraft downrange to fight terrorists next year.
Fighter Pilot Shortage Threatens Helicopter Training 
The U.S. Air Force may eliminate a phase of helicopter pilot training in order to free up resources to produce additional fighter pilots.
Pilot Shortage May Force U.S. Air Force To Outsource Training  17
The service considers contracting out initial pilot training to universities and private companies.
Podcast: Scoops, Scrapes and Other Tidbits from AFA’s Annual Meeting
This week’s podcast offers a glimpse into the notebooks of Aviation Week editors after a news-rich week at the Air Force Association’s annual meeting.
F-35 Ejection Seat Fix For Lightweight Pilots Delayed 
The retrofitting of more than 200 early versions of the F-35 already out in the fleet with the new configuration of the Martin-Baker ejection seat will not be completed until about summer 2019.
Cobham Looks To Warn Pilots With New Breathing Sensor  4
Cobham hopes the system, when it is fielded, will help the Pentagon collect data needed to identify the root cause of the so-called “physiological events” that have plagued U.S. Air Force and Navy pilots.
Boeing May Replace KC-46 Camera To Fix Scraping Issue  52
Boeing is looking at upgrading the camera systems used for aerial refueling on its new KC-46 tanker because the refueling boom can scrape and potentially damage receiver aircraft.
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