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.

Spike In U.S. Military Accidents Linked To Poor Maintenance Planning 
A decline in long-term maintenance planning is a big reason for a spike in military aviation accidents in the last few years, an ex-Pentagon official says.
How The Military Could Use A.I. To Solve Pilot Oxygen Problem  10
A new breathing sensor might one day be able to use predictive algorithms and possibly even artificial intelligence to warn of hypoxia-like cockpit events before they occur.
F-35 Sustainment Challenges Mount As Global Fleet Grows  3
Lockheed Martin and the JPO are struggling to get maintenance problems under control as the F-35 fleet triples in size.
Will U.S. Navy’s F-35 Be Ready On Time?  6
The director of the Navy’s F-35C integration office sees no “showstoppers,” but challenges remain before the service can field the fighter operationally.
Pentagon Weapon Spending Up, But F-35 Costs Are Down 
DOD spending on major acquisition programs increased 10% in 2017, driven primarily by an increase in weapons buys planned to counter growing global threats.
Is The Pentagon Dissolving The F-35 JPO? 
With “appropriate” input from the F-35 international partners, the Pentagon will develop a plan for transitioning the existing F-35 management structure to separate program offices run by the U.S. services that fly the fighter.
U.S. Navy’s F-35C Headed To Tense Asia Pacific 
The Navy’s F-35C is headed to Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, in the near future, bolstering the fifth-generation fighter’s ranks in the Asia Pacific.
Podcast: Can Industry Help Alleviate The Pilot Shortage? 2
President of CAE’s Defence & Security Group Gene Colabatistto joins Aviation Week Editors to discuss innovative ways contractors can help combat the U.S. Air Force’s acute pilot shortage, both in the manned aircraft and Remotely Piloted Aircraft community.
F-35 ‘Green Glow’ And Carrier Launch Problems Solved 
For pilots flying the U.S. Navy F-35C carrier variant, nighttime carrier operations have been made more difficult by a “green glow” that obscures their vision.
SECAF: Cut F-35 Support Costs Or Face ‘Tough Decisions’ 
The U.S. government and Lockheed Martin must reduce F-35 costs or customers will have to make “tough decisions,” the U.S. Air Force Secretary says.
Has Boeing Been Neglecting KC-46?  32
U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is concerned Boeing is focusing on the commercial side of the house at the expense of the new tanker.
U.S. Navy Prepares To Declare F-35 Combat-Ready In 2019  7
The U.S. Navy is gearing up to declare its F-35C carrier variant ready for war in 2019.
Boeing Defense Stands Up Commercial Derivatives Unit 
Boeing is reorganizing the firm’s defense business in a move that could benefit its troubled KC-46 tanker.
What F-35 Can Learn From F-22 Upgrade Hiccups  2
Before there was “C2D2,” the Star Wars-evoking acronym for Lockheed Martin’s F-35 upgrade program, there was the F-22 Raptor’s “Scaled Agile Framework.”
U.S. Air Force Secretary Rips Boeing’s KC-46 Handling 
After years of delays and technical setbacks for Boeing’s KC-46A tanker program, the U.S. Air Force is running out of patience with the aerospace giant.
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