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’s Aerospace And Defense To-Do List 
A two-year budget agreement that would fund the Pentagon, FAA and NASA and reauthorize the Export-Import Bank.
The Week in Defense, Oct. 1-8, 2015 
Space Fence clears critical design review; U.S.-India seal a helicopter deal; U.S. Army launches enormous engine competition; a general hopes for an LRS-B award within months.
GAO Questions Hike In FAA Launch Oversight Budget 
The FAA needs to provide the government with more details to justify increasing its budget for regulating the space launch industry by 9%, the GAO says.
Podcast: The F-35 Tightrope 6
Lockheed Martin and the U.S. are keen to increase momentum for production of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter. But ongoing budget turmoil in the U.S. and elsewhere and political changes in Canada could pose real hurdles for the program.
Deadline Time, Commercial Space Budgeting and Carrier Delays 
Without a new spending bill by Sept. 30, the U.S. government could be forced to shut down.
The Week In Defense, Sept. 24-Oct. 1, 2015 
The U.K.’s mini UAVs; GA-ASI trains UAV pilots; F-35 avionics; Japanese missile defense; and a sole-source U.S. contract.
F-35 Test Questioned, Orbital’s Next Launch And Flights From Japan  4
What is a ‘real’ operational test, anyway; NASA doubts Orbital can meet its schedule for returning Antares to flight and Japan may lift restrictions on daytime flights to the U.S.
Podcast: Shakeup in the Space Launch World
For the foreseeable future, national security space launches will keep the United Launch Alliance and enginemaker Aerojet in business. But the outlook down the road is full of change and opportunity, as Blue Origin plans to build a new launch vehicle and test facility in Florida and will team up with ULA on a new Vulcan rocket.
The Week In Defense Sept. 17-24, 2015 
Poland buys U.S. cruise missiles; General Atomics delivers MQ-9 Reapers; preventing hypoxia; secure voice communication systems for helos; new Czech trainer demonstrator.
The Art of Deception: The Technology Behind Stealth
This week’s Check 6 marks the start of a series of special features running before Aviation Week & Space Technology’s 100th anniversary in 2016 with a discussion of stealth and counter-stealth technology.
Missile Defense Money, UAV Rules, Amateur Rockets And GPS Cost Overruns 
Directed energy an MDA priority; states filling void on UAV rules; FAA modernizes rules for amateur rockets and increased costs for a GPS system.
Airbus Opts Out Of Japanese Tanker Competition 
Airbus Defense and Space is opting out of the Japanese competition for four aerial refueling tankers because the current request for bids appears to favor its rival, Boeing, Airbus confirms.
The Week in Defense, Sept. 10-17, 2015 
Layoffs at Lockheed; Global Hawk deployment; Slovakia buys Black Hawks and new pilot training facility.
Sizing Up A Shutdown, Tower Cost Control And SpaceX Scrutiny  1
Budget experts begin to worry about a potential government shutdown; the FAA disputes method of finding control tower inefficiencies; and NASA tells lawmakers it is tough on Space X.
Podcast: Russia Counters U.S. Advantages 20
Advances in Russian military technology on display at the Moscow Air Show, including jammers and missiles, illustrate how Russia has pursued an asymmetric response counter to U.S. advantages.

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