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.

Senators At Odds Over U.S. Air Force Access To RD-180 Engines 
Sen. Richard Shelby (R-Ala.) may add language to appropriations bill that would help ULA use the Atlas V to compete for future launches.
Funding For Future LRS-Bs And Fighters; Space Mining  10
Bomber lobby lays the groundwork for the kind of attack on its budget now threatening the F-35; new space bill allows citizens to mine the Moon for its water ice.
The Week In Defense, Nov. 19-26, 2015  2
Smart bombs for Syria; U.S. Army adds to Lakota purchase; U.S. Navy tests Lrasm, and Turkey cancels missile defense buy from China.
LRS-B Advocates Aim To Protect Size Of Bomber Fleet 
Even though the contract for the U.S. Air Force’s Long Range Strike Bomber is still in dispute, advocates for robust power projection are already mobilizing to define and deter reductions to the size of the future fleet.
Commercial Space Bill | Precision Weapons Demand  1
Commercial space bill nears final passage; Middle East nations seek precision weapons; DHS pledges new security enhancements; and Ex-Im Bank reauthorization takes another step forward.
LRS-B Work Stops As GAO Reviews Protest  7
Boeing, Lockheed’s LRS-B protest could be aimed more at Congress than the GAO
The Week In Defense, Nov. 12-19, 2015  1
Avic reveals details about China’s answer to the F-35; Boeing and Tata pursue ‘Make in India’ manufacturing center of excellence; Textron readies small precision weapons for purchase in 2016; Lebanon’s low-cost UAV.
Pace Of Export Approvals Worries Defense Executives  2
U.S. industry, banking on worldwide sales, worries that the glacial government approval process could affect pending export deals.
Precision Munitions, ISR Gear In High Demand In Middle East 
Military operations in Yemen and elsewhere in the Middle East are prompting a demand for precision-guided munitions and supporting equipment.
Boeing Anticipates Fighter Contract Wins
Boeing officials say they have won a couple of fighter competitions in the Middle East that have yet to be formally approved and are “frustrated” at the slow action. _
Beechcraft Wolverine Bares Its Claws
The Beechcraft AT-6 Wolverine on static display at the show has had an eventful recent history.
U.S. Aids Embraer Super Tucano Sales
Fresh off completing the sale of six A-29 Super Tucano to Lebanon, Embraer and its partner Sierra Nevada seek to expand the aircraft’s inroads in the Middle East and Africa with its first-ever Dubai Airshow display of the light attack aircraft.
Saudi Becomes World’s Largest Weapons Importer
In 2008, the sale of U.S. precision-guided weapons to Saudi Arabia was controversial in Congress. But the sale of all kinds of weapons to the oil-rich kingdom has picked up, particularly since 2010.
Iranian Missile Threat Drives Middle East Defenses

Despite U.S. efforts to integrate missile defenses, Gulf countries buy their own point-defense systems.
CRS-2 Delayed | Italy’s Armed UAVs | UAV Registration Drive 
NASA delays its CRS-2 contract, again. Italy is in line to become the next nation with armed Reapers. The FAA scrambles to create a UAV registration system. And the Ex-Im bank bill nears final passage.

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