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.

International Partners To Attend USAF Light Attack Demo 
Several foreign nations will be sending representatives to watch the U.S. Air Force’s light attack experiment.
Air Force Weighs Scrapping A-10 Replacement  228
The U.S. Air Force is looking closely at the future of close-in warfare, but the service’s top general says that future may not include a direct replacement for the A-10 Warthog.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Back In Europe 
For Maj. Nick Krajicek, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ first international appearance since 2011 was a dream come true.
Toxic Air From T-45 Engine May Be Poisoning U.S. Navy Pilots  66
The Navy is looking more closely at the quality of the bleed air that comes off the T-45’s engine as a possible cause of hypoxia.
F-35 Fire Caused More Than $17M In Damage 
The U.S. Air Force's investigation determined the fire was caused by an unusually strong tailwind as the pilot began to rev up the engine.
USAF Wants Authority To Down Drones After F-22 Near Miss  118
The U.S. Air Force is developing tools to defend against small, commercial unmanned aerial systems but lacks the legal authority to use them.
F-35 Costs Rise; U.S. Marines Sign Up For 13 More  90
The total cost to procure Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has risen by nearly seven percentage points compared to last year, largely because the U.S. government opted to buy aircraft at a slower rate, according to the Pentagon’s most recent estimate.
Thaad Missile Defense System Successfully Destroys Target 
The U.S. government conducted a successful intercept July 11 with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defense system.
Stumped By Hypoxia, U.S. Navy Looks To T-45 Engine  2
In the search for the root cause of a recent spike in hypoxia-like cockpit incidents, the U.S. Navy is beginning to look more closely at the quality of the air that comes off the T-45 Goshawk’s engine and feeds into the oxygen generator system.
Lockheed Receives Another $4.5 Billion F-35 Downpayment  2
The Pentagon has awarded Lockheed Martin a $4.5 billion down payment to continue production work on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.
U.S. to Test THAAD As Tensions With North Korea Mount 
The Missile Defense Agency (MDA) plans to test the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) missile defense system early this month.
Lockheed Looks To Strengthen Bid In India’s Fighter Competition  7
Winning New Delhi’s fighter competition is currently Lockheed Martin’s best chance to keep F-16 production alive into the next decade
Lawmakers Want USAF To Keep A-10, But Obstacles Remain 
But unless Republicans and Democrats reach a wider budget deal that raises sequestration caps on government spending, the Air Force may not get the money it needs to continue flying all nine Warthog squadrons.
Lawmakers Slam U.S. Navy For ‘Insufficient’ Hypoxia Response  29
House defense authorizers highlighted a spate of hypoxia-like cockpit incidents in U.S. Navy aircraft during a markup of the defense policy bill, with one lawmaker slamming the service for its “insufficient” response to the problem.
House Authorizers Support F-35 Block Buy Worth Up To $40B  2
The House’s version of the defense policy bill, if passed, would authorize the Pentagon to take the next step toward an international F-35 “block buy” valued at as much as $40 billion.
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