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.

Congress Backs F-35; Earth-Monitoring Targeted; Gyrocopter Landing 
House Armed Services Committee stands by the F-35; Republicans want EPA, other agencies to fund Earth-observation; and a gyrocopter lands on the Capitol grounds.
Podcast: India’s Medium Multi-Role Combat Aircraft Surprise
India hit the reset button on stalled contract talks with Dassault, opting for a government-to-government sale of 36 Rafale fighters. Our editors discuss what the deal means for India, Dassault and future combat aircraft competitions.
GOP Lawmakers Say NASA Slights Space For Climate Change Research 
NASA is spending too much of its tight budget on Earth science missions and not enough on space exploration, according to House Republican lawmakers who also faulted the U.S. space agency on its most ambitious new exploration program.
Lawmakers Worry About F-35 Maintenance System’s Flawed Results 
While maintaining strong support for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, lawmakers are worrying about the efficacy and cost of the Automated Logistics Information System (ALIS), the program’s gee-whiz maintenance tool.
Competition Keeps F-35 Engine Contractor Quiet On Price 
When it comes to the cost of the engine for the world’s most-expensive fighter, contractor Pratt & Whitney is still not providing a dollar figure.
Podcast: Space Symposium Outlook
Ahead of next week's Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, our editors discuss the latest on an American-built engine to send U.S. national security assets to space, competition between ULA and Space X, the state of U.S.-Russian relations and more.
‘Stick Rockets,” Engine Jousting, Ex-Im Case And McCain’s Run  1
Mars exploration plans more down-to-Earth; Pratt ready for F-35 engine competitors; another win for Ex-Im bank; McCain wants sixth term.
Why To Care About The Budget, Egypt Aid And Cuba Travel  1
A guide to this year’s defense budget season; U.S. resumes aid to Egypt; travelers return to Cuba; and the up-side of the Antares launch failure.
U.S. Navy Seeks Additional F-35s, F/A-18 Super Hornets 
The chiefs of staff of the military services have sent Congress their annual “unfunded requirements” lists, and for fiscal 2016, the Navy’s list is heavy on requests for new aircraft.
The Start Of A Yearlong Space Mission
With the goal of sending a manned mission to Mars in the 2030s growing near, Expedition 43 sends two men to the ISS for a year to test the physical and psychological impact of deep-space travel.
Moving ATC From FAA, Catching A Space Rock, More Than ISR 
The airlines back the idea of privatizing the FAA’s ATC roles; NASA picks its asteroid direction; McCain sets defense priorities; and Chuck Norris defends the A-10.
Adjusting the RD-180 Restriction, FAA Changes Afoot, NASA Alters Review Timeline 
Lawmaker considers tweaking last year’s congressional restrictions on RD-180 engine purchases; NASA reschedules big-ticket design reviews after inspector general report; and the FAA is in for a change.
U.S. Army Helicopter Engine RFP Expected In May 
The transition is coming as the Army has secured funding for the 3,000-shp future helicopter engine program, from fiscal 2016 and beyond despite ongoing defense budget pressure.
C-130 Modernization Fight, Civil Space Cooperation with China and Air Traffic Cyber Security 
C-130 modernization receives congressional scrutiny, Bolden laments lack of cooperation with China on civil space and senator blasts FAA’s cyber security lapses.
U.S. Navy May Speed Program To Pack More Tomahawks On Submarines 
The Virginia Payload Module program reconfigures ships to hold up to 40 Tomahawk cruise missiles.
Apr 15, 2015

Briny Water May Challenge Future Mars Spacecraft Design

"These finding have implications for planetary protection policies for future landed spacecraft," according to the Nature Geoscience report. "Cl-bearing brines are very corrosive and this may have implications on spacecraft design and surface operations."...More
Apr 14, 2015

Apollo 13 Story Is Still Gripping After 45 Years (1970) 2

The flight of Apollo 13 in April 1970 was one of the most dramatic events in the history of human spaceflight –- and ultimately one of NASA’s finest hours. For three days, the lives of three astronauts who had been bound for the third lunar landing mission hung in the balance....More
Apr 13, 2015

NavWeek: Ballistic Bombast 13

China may be able to take out an American aircraft carrier with its feared DF-21 antiship ballistic missile (ASBM) without even taking a shot....More
Apr 10, 2015

Lessons From Space Shuttle Columbia (1981) 9

The space shuttle was a magnificent machine, the most capable spaceship ever built. It was also a fragile monster that required an expensive standing army to fly, and punished the slightest inattention to detail in its preparation and operation with fatal results....More
Apr 8, 2015

Photo: Water Cannon Salute For Inaugural Memphis-Dallas Love Field Service

Southwest Airlines inaugurated Memphis-Dallas Love Field service on Wednesday morning, opening up direct commercial service between the two airports for the first time....More

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