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.

How Does The ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ Stack Up? 69
Despite its powerful blast, the MOAB may not be the most powerful conventional bomb in the world.
Amid Russia Tensions, F-35 Arrives In UK  1
The aircraft will conduct training with other Europe-based U.S. and NATO aircraft for the next few weeks as part of the European Reassurance Initiative.
Tomahawk Strikes Again, This Time Eroding Syrian Airpower 
The Raytheon-made Tomahawk is still the Pentagon’s weapon of choice, but the U.S. Navy has long wanted to stop building new ones in favor of developing a next-generation cruise missile.
Tomahawk Milestones 
Timeline shows key dates in Tomahawk cruise missile's history, including program milestones and uses in battle.
U.S. Drops ‘Mother Of All Bombs’ For First Time On ISIS In Afghanistan  2
A U.S. Special Operations MC-130 dropped the largest non-nuclear bomb the U.S. has ever deployed on Islamic State terrorists in a series of caves in Afghanistan.
With Structural Mods, F-16 Will Fly Through 2048 
The planned structural modifications will extend the service life of up to 300 F-16 C/D Block 40-52 aircraft from 8,000 to 12,000 flight hours.
SecDef: ‘No Doubt’ Syria Behind Chemical Attack  1
Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis says he has personally reviewed U.S. intelligence about an April 4 chemical attack in the town of Khan Shykhun and has no doubts that the Syrian regime is responsible.
Upheaval In Space Access Beginning Now  50
Industry is seeing a dramatic shift in launch hardware as the spacefaring nations of the world prepare new rockets for peaceful and not-so-peaceful access to orbit and beyond.
U.S. Navy Quietly Tried To Suspend Tomahawk Line In 2014  1
Raytheon’s long-serving Tomahawk cruise missile has been the Pentagon’s weapon of choice for day one of a conflict for almost three decades, but in 2014 the U.S. Navy proposed ending production to fund a successor.
Pentagon Says Tomahawk Strikes Hit 20 Syrian Fighters 
The Tomahawk cruise missiles launched in response to Syria’s latest chemical weapons attack damaged or destroyed more than 20 Syrian fighters, the Pentagon says.
Lockheed Martin T-50
Lockheed Passes On USAF’s Light Attack Demo  60
The decision not to offer an aircraft for the OA-X demonstration this summer makes it the second major defense contractor in two weeks to opt out.
Pentagon Signals It’s Ready For War In Space 
As potential adversaries develop advanced counter-space and cyber capabilities, the Pentagon appears to be accepting the reality that war will inevitably extend to space.
U.S. Navy Wants 130 More Super Hornets Over Next Five Years 
The U.S. Navy wants to buy 130 additional Super Hornets over the next five years for $13.6 billion as part of an effort to beef up its strike fighter fleet.
Podcast: The Race to Develop New Rocket Engines 5
The United Launch Alliance is close to choosing an engine for its Vulcan rocket between Blue Origin’s BE-4 and Aerojet Rocketdyne’s AR-1. Meanwhile Orbital ATK is pitching a solid rocket motor for the Air Force’s Evolved Expendable Launch Vehicle launch system. Aviation Week editors have the details.
Orbital ATK’s Next-Gen Rocket To Compete With ULA, SpaceX  15
Orbital ATK is stepping out of the shadows with a next-generation rocket booster.
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