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.

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.
U.S. Air Force Low-Cost Fighters: Does OA-X Stand A Chance?  61
The Air Force has tried to buy a light-attack aircraft before, and the plan fell victim to budget constraints. Will this time be different?
USAF Reviewing Lockheed Satellite Propulsion System 
The U.S. Air Force recently launched a review of the propulsion system used to boost Lockheed Martin’s military satellites into space following undisclosed “observations” during transit between orbits.
J-Stars Fuselage Could Last Longer Than Expected 
Even as the USAF looks to accelerate procurement of a next-generation ground surveillance and battle management fleet, a new study shows the fuselage of the existing J-Stars aircraft has more life.
USAF Chief Approves Low-Cost Fighter Demo  4
The Air Force expects to issue an invitation to industry to participate in the summer demo shortly.
Podcast: View from the Cockpit – What the F-35 Can Do 100
Lt. Col. David Berke, the only U.S. Marine Corps pilot to have flown an F-22 and the first operational F-35B pilot, explains how fifth-generation fighters will revolutionize air warfare.
DOD Submits Supplemental Budget Request To OMB 

The Pentagon has delivered its supplemental budget request for fiscal 2017 to the White House for review, more than a week after the March 1 target.                                                                      &

U.S. Marine Corps CH-53K Cost Balloons By 22% 
The price of the U.S. Marine Corps’ new CH-53K heavy-lift helicopter has grown by 22% over initial estimates.
Cpl. Craig Barrett/Commonwealth of Australia Defense Department
$80 Million F-35As Possible, Say Program Chief And Lockheed Martin  33
Paying up front will cut Lightning costs, says the program office. So will a steady production ramp-up—and multiyear orders.
Raytheon’s GPS Ground System Still Facing Challenges 
A top U.S. Air Force general says the so-called OCX program is still on rocky ground.
Who Has The Edge In The U.S. Air Force J-Stars Competition?  47
Here is a look at the three industry teams' offerings for the competition to recapitalize the U.S. Air Force's legacy E-8C Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System.
Short On Cash For KC-46, U.S. Air Force Eyes Souped-Up KC-135  102
Link 16, electronic countermeasures and state-of-the-art self-defense systems might be in 60-year-old Stratotanker's future.
A U.S. Air Force J-Stars Competition Primer  2
Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin teams are offering business jet platforms; Boeing is offering a modified 737-700-based airframe.
Short On Cash For KC-46, USAF Looks To Upgrade KC-135  
Strapped for cash to buy Boeing’s new KC-46 tanker in sufficient numbers, the U.S. Air Force is looking instead to outfit its 60-year-old KC-135 Stratotanker.
G550 Bizjet Proposal For J-Stars Recap Submitted By Northrop 
Northrop Grumman has submitted its Gulfstream G550-based proposal for the U.S. Air Force’s J-Stars recap.
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