Jen DiMascio

Jen DiMascio
Managing Editor, Defense, Space & Security,
Aviation Week & Space Technology

Based in Washington, Jen manages Aviation Week’s worldwide defense, space and security coverage.
Prior to taking on her current role, Jen was Aviation Week's Congressional Editor. Jen came to Aviation Week in March 2011 from Politico, where she covered the intersection of defense and politics. She also worked as a reporter and editor for Defense Daily, Inside the Army, The Other Paper and The Columbus Dispatch.
Jen received a Master’s degree in journalism as a Kiplinger Fellow at the Ohio State University. She graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in history and journalism from the University of Michigan.

FAA Releases Draft Launch Licensing Requirements 
The FAA has published a nearly 600-page draft of proposed regulations to streamline space launch and re-entry licensing requirements for U.S. companies.
MDA Director Calls First GMD Salvo Test A Success 
The U.S. successfully executed a the first “salvo engagement” with its Boeing-led Ground-based Midcourse Defense System on March 25, using two interceptors to engage a target.
Lockheed Mounts Software-Defined Cubesat Demo 
Within the next six months, Lockheed Martin plans to launch a cubesat mission to demo a software-defined sat architecture that will allow a spacecraft to change missions while on orbit.
The Week In Defense, March 21-27, 2019  2
Japan prepares to buy F-35s; Egypt signs agreement for Su-35s; BAE integrates new missiles on F-35; agreement may open Brazil spaceport to U.S. rockets.
The Week In Defense, March 14-21, 2019  1
U.S. Navy plans to save by retiring Truman carrier; MDA delays kill-vehicle program; Philippines chooses MBDA missiles, and Australia may buy Amraams.
NASA Considers Commercial Understudy For First SLS Flight 
NASA is considering the use of commercial rockets for what was supposed to be the agency’s Space Launch System debut, Exploration Mission-1, Administrator Jim Bridenstine told lawmakers.
The Week In Defense, March 7-14, 2019 
MD Helicopters will fight for FARA contract; India’s milsat plans; Israel’s customized F-35 upgrades, and the end of the line for U.S. Marine Corps Prowlers.
EUCOM Chief Urges Denying F-35s If Turkey Accepts S-400  1
The U.S. should withhold F-35s from Turkey if the Eurasian member of NATO accepts delivery of an advanced Russian air defense system, the head of U.S. European Command told Congress March 5.
The Week In Defense, March 1-8, 2019 
BAE’s improved EW system; Japan plans 2020 UAV demo; Israeli Air Force beefs up Heron TP, and the U.S. Army’s radar "sense off."
Podcast: How Russia is Expanding S-400 Exports
From the loss of 40N6E missiles in the English Channel to Russia’s attempt to sell the air defense system to Saudi Arabia, and the politics of sanctions, Defense Editor Steve Trimble discusses new developments from the International Defense Exhibition and Conference in Abu Dhabi.
The Week In Defense, Feb. 22-28, 2019  2
China’s Insitu look-alike, HAL displays utility helo mockup; the U.S. Air Force’s space force, and Saab may sign on to UK fighter concept.
Joint Venture Protests U.S. Army’s Helicopter Engine Contract Award 
A Honeywell/Pratt & Whitney JV filed a protest with the GAO Feb. 19 concerning the U.S. Army’s decision to award GE a $517 million contract for the service’s Improved Turbine Engine Program.
NASA Deputy Emphasizes Need For Commercial Partnerships 
In his first speech as NASA’s deputy administrator, James Morhard emphasized that the space agency’s future depends on private industry partnerships.
The Week In Defense, Feb. 14-21, 2019 
Hurdles to exporting U.S. UAVs, F-35 MRO contracts, India’s naval utility helicopter program progresses, and a joint missile defense exercise.
U.S. Officials Acknowledge Hurdles To UAV Exports 
U.S. Trump administration officials have publicly acknowledged ongoing problems with the export of UAVs that the aerospace industry has voiced for some time.
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