Lee Hudson

Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week Network

Based in Washington, Lee covers the Pentagon for Aviation Week. Prior to joining Aviation Week in June 2018, Lee was at Inside Defense where she was managing editor for Inside the Navy.

Lee has covered Navy and Marine Corps issues since 2011, reporting at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, aboard ships and military facilities around the U.S.

Previously she worked as a staff reporter at The Daily Review in Morgan City, LA, covering local government and crime. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Marketing from Loyola University New Orleans.

Pentagon Discusses Progress Payments With Industry CFOs 
Pentagon officials met with CFOs from small, medium and large companies to discuss progress and performance payments before the DOD proposes a new rule.
U.S. Navy Nixes CH-53K In Countermine Role 
The U.S. Navy has decided it is not feasible to recapitalize its MH-53 Sea Dragon fleet with a derivative of the CH-53K King Stallion.
Space Force Options Narrow; Minimal New Bureaucracy Sought 
U.S. defense officials have decided on a preferred option for the size and scope of a proposed Space Force, and a legislative proposal will be distributed within the Pentagon for comments starting on Dec. 14.
Pentagon Explores Budgets Above $733B Top Line 
Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan confirmed on Dec. 13 that the Trump administration is developing fiscal 2020 budget proposals with overall amounts above $733 billion.
USAF Space Command To Buy Commercial Satcom Services 
USAF Space Command has assumed responsibility for procuring commercial satellite communications services for the DOD from the Defense Information Systems Agency.
AIA Releases Cyber Security Standard 
The Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) released a cyber security standard Dec. 13 to provide a solution to addressing new threats.
Leader Spotlight: Col. Robert Bongiovi, Launch Systems Services Enterprise Director, USAF 
View the Leader Spotlight: Col. Robert Bongiovi, Launch Systems Services Enterprise Director, USAF in PDF format.
Key House Democrat Seeks Realistic Budget Top Line 
The future House Armed Services Committee leader believes the Pentagon “is being a little bit disingenuous” when claiming a fiscal 2020 defense budget under $733 billion will increase risk for the U.S. armed forces.
Pentagon AI Office Focusing On ISR, Maintenance 
The Pentagon’s nascent Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) is up and running.
USAF Issues Launch Services Draft Solicitation 
The U.S. Air Force has released a draft solicitation for the second phase of a next-generation rocket competition to deliver National Security Space payloads.
Pentagon Won’t Confirm $750B Budget Top Line Reports 
The Pentagon will not confirm the fiscal 2020 top line budget numbers until Feb. 4.
Fast Five: U.S. Air Force Launch Services Chief Looks Ahead  1
U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Bongiovi discusses the Air Force’s vision for future launch services, the Delta IV and the National Security Space Launch program.
Fast Five: USAF Launch Services Chief Envisions Continuous Industry Engagement 
U.S. Air Force Col. Robert Bongiovi became the launch systems services enterprise director one year ago, after serving as the office’s acquisition chief.
Lockheed Tie-Up Gives Airbus Tanker A Second Chance at U.S. Market  4
The move marks the next battle in the long-running tanker aircraft competition, as three of the biggest aerospace companies fight for a key market.
DOD Official: S&T Funding Bipartisan 
The Pentagon’s head of research and engineering is making it his mission with the new Congress to advocate that science and technology funding is not a “red or blue” issue but is instead the colors “red, white and blue.”
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