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.

U.S. Air Force Chief: A-10s To Fly At Least Through 2021  4
The U.S. Air Force will not begin drawing down the legacy A-10 fleet until 2021 at the earliest.
U.S. Navy Moves Ahead On Carrier-based Drone  68
The Pentagon wants an unmanned refueling capability to extend the range of the carrier air wing.
F-35 Dominates At Red Flag With 15:1 Kill Rate  157
The U.S. Air Force’s F-35A made its debut at the toughest Red Flag yet, and not only dominated the air space but made the legacy aircraft in the force package even deadlier, according to pilots.
HASC Chairman Urges DOD To Boost Aircraft Modernization 
The chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is urging the Pentagon to prioritize aircraft modernization in a supplemental budget request expected by March 1.
F-35A Drops Below $100M For First Time In Latest Deal  38
In the latest F-35 contract agreement, covering 90 aircraft, the price of all three variants is down significantly.
USAF Chief Urges Trump To ‘Get This Force Sized Right’ 
In his first meeting with President Donald Trump, the U.S. Air Force chief told the new commander-in-chief that the service needs more people and resources to fulfill its missions at home and abroad.
Lockheed Upgrades F-22’s Stealth Coating 
Lockheed Martin is working with the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the stealth coating that allows the F-22 to fly undetected in enemy airspace.
Mattis Begins Building Budget Plan For Trump’s Military 
Defense Secretary James Mattis has directed his deputy to develop a supplemental budget request for fiscal 2017 that increases the Pentagon’s topline funding as well as long-term plans to build a “more lethal” force.
Top USMC Aviator Says Mattis Review Will ‘Validate’ F-35  2
The U.S. Marine Corps’ top aviator says he believes a side-by-side review of the F/A-18 Super Hornet and the F-35 will validate the need for the fifth-generation Joint Strike Fighter.
Kongsberg Aims To Outfit Norway’s New P-8s With Joint Strike Missile  4
The top Norwegian defense company believes its Joint Strike Missile would enhance Norway’s maritime patrol capability.
U.S. Air Force Study On Light Fighter Fleet Takes Shape  103
The U.S. Air Force is filling in the details of a plan to study what commercial-off-the-shelf designs might be a good fit for a possible light-attack fleet.
Kongsberg Looks To Equip Norway’s New P-8s With JSM 
As Norway looks to modernize its maritime patrol fleet charged with hunting Russian submarines in the North Atlantic, Kongsberg is looking to equip the nation’s new P-8 fleet with its Joint Strike Missile (JSM).
Light-Attack Fighter Work, F-35 Top Revised USAF Wish List  4
In an updated wish list sent to President Donald Trump’s transition team in January, the U.S. Air Force is asking for additional funding to study a potential low-cost, light-attack aircraft to fight Islamic State terrorists, along with money to buy more high-end F-35s.
Key NATO Ally Fears Lockheed Unprepared For F-35 Arrival  9
Top Norwegian defense officials say Lockheed needs to step up sustainment work.
Trump Exaggerates Role In F-35 Price Reduction 
President Trump claimed early Jan. 30 that he has cut $600 million from the upcoming low-rate initial production lot 10, estimated to be about 90 aircraft.
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