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.

Artificial Intelligence, Ex-Im Sniping Spreads, More Sales To Middle East 
“Autonomous weapons will become the Kalashnikovs of tomorrow,” a letter from the heavyweights of science and engineering says.
U.K. Defense Official Seeks U.S. Input On Strategic Document 
The U.K.’s minister of state for defense procurement met with top Pentagon officials July 28 and discussed a number of issues, including the F-35 and nuclear submarines.
Ex-Im Bank Future Still In Doubt Despite Lobbying Efforts 
In the last three months, Boeing, General Electric and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, the nation’s largest business trade organization, have spent $35.6 million to lobby Congress to reauthorize the Export-Import Bank. But so far those millions have not been enough.
Financing The Ex-Im Fight; Helicopter Wars; Potential Space Launch Escalation 
The nation’s manufacturers take on independent billionaires in Ex-Im fight; the Army’s internal war over Apaches; the cost of a heavy-lift launcher.
Podcast: The Mysteries of Pluto 1
Days after the New Horizons flyby of Pluto, our editors discuss the mission’s surprises and discoveries. With the spacecraft sending back just 1% of data it is supposed to collect, scientists are already learning new insights about the dwarf planet, its moons and environs.
Middle East Power Balance, Thailand’s Aviation Safety and ISS Costs 
Despite Iran deal, the Middle East is a hotbed of weapons sales, FAA threatens to downgrade Thai aviation safety, cost of operating the ISS skyrockets and a politician’s home-state advantage.
Defense Bill Differences, Open Skies Lobbying and a Growing Space Economy 
Will McCain’s proposal to bring service chiefs into weapons-buying process stand? Will Obama side with airlines or airframe makers? And the space economy grows.
Lawmaker On Acquisition Reform: Too Many Chiefs In The Kitchen? 
The top Democrat on the House Armed Services Committee thinks so.
Congress Ends Future Ex-Im Bank Assistance, For Now 
Lapse in Ex-Im bank assistance could hurt Boeing in the long term, and the general aviation community sooner; Former NASA chief provides another perspective on SpaceX’s commercial viability.
Ex-Im Bank’s Operating Authority To Expire 
The bank is an important priority for the White House, which says Ex-Im has supported $235 billion in exports over the last six years, through direct loans, loan guarantees, working-capital guarantees and export credit insurance.
Ex-Im Bank’s Operating Authority To Expire 
While the bank will be able to continue to operate and fulfill its past obligations, it will not be able to provide new assistance as of July 1.
Ex-Im Bank’s Operating Authority To Expire 
While the bank will be able to continue to operate and fulfill its past obligations, it will not be able to provide new assistance as of July 1.
Podcast: Post-Paris Doldrums? Hardly
Our editors discuss why there may have been bigger news this week than at Le Bourget, thanks to Jim McNerney, Tom Enders, Charlie Bolden and One Web. 
Funding For Nukes, Against The ATC Reorg And A Space Laser 
U.S. grapples with spending to modernize nuclear capabilities, NextGen chief worries privatizing ATC could disrupt progress, administration official warns of Senate cuts to space laser program and the Pentagon boosts spending on space warfare.
Congressman Calls for New Engine—Not a New Rocket  1
House hearing solicits government, industry perspectives on the Atlas V engine replacement.
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