Lee Hudson

Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week Network

Based in Washington, Lee covers the Pentagon for Aviation Week. Prior to joining Aviation Week in June 2018, Lee was at Inside Defense where she was managing editor for Inside the Navy.

Lee has covered Navy and Marine Corps issues since 2011, reporting at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, aboard ships and military facilities around the U.S.

Previously she worked as a staff reporter at The Daily Review in Morgan City, LA, covering local government and crime. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication and Marketing from Loyola University New Orleans.

Lockheed: Lower F-35 Price Should Surprise No One 
Clocking in a year ahead and well below the previously stated goal of an $80m F-35A by LRIP Lot 14 should not have surprised anyone, a Lockheed Martin executive says.
House Panel Blesses U.S. Space Corps 
The House Armed Services Committee unanimously adopted establishing a sixth armed service by a voice vote June 13 after debating for less than an hour.
Senior Lawmaker Wants $750B Defense Budget 
The top Republican on the House Armed Services Committee intends to submit an amendment June 12 during markup of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill to increase the U.S. defense budget top line from $733 billion to $750 billion.
Pentagon Green Lights VH-92A Production  2
The U.S. Marine Corps has awarded a $542 million firm-fixed price contract for the first low-rate initial production lot of Sikorsky VH-92A presidential helicopter aircraft, spares and support equipment.
U.S. Defense Competitions To Watch  1
U.S. defense competitions for unmanned systems, heavy-lift helicopters, as well as light attack and launch services for national security space are heating up.
House Authorizers Punt Space Force Decision 
Creating a sixth armed service is not in the Chairman’s mark of the fiscal 2020 defense policy bill released June 10. Committee staff said this is a result of diverging member opinions: ranging from “hell no” to supporting a full Space Force.
Senior Lawmaker Pushes For SpaceX Subsidy 
The head of the House Armed Services Committee is advocating that SpaceX receive monetary assistance if the company is selected for the second phase of a next-generation rocket competition to deliver National Security Space payloads.
Lawmakers Want Carrier F-35 Capable On Delivery 
Both Ford-class and Nimitz-class aircraft carriers can operate with Lockheed Martin F-35Cs, but modifications are required first.
USMC CH-53E Lands Safely After Inflight Fire 
A U.S. Marine Corps Sikorsky CH-53E Super Stallion landed safely at Imperial County Airport in California after experiencing an inflight fire.
House Dems Want Toned Down Air Force One 
House Democrats intend to block President Trump from making opulent additions to the Air Force One replacement, but the move is receiving opposition from the GOP.
U.S. Navy Develops Safer Aircraft Topcoat 
The U.S. Naval Research Laboratory has developed a safer and more user-friendly topcoat that was applied onto the exterior of some USN and USMC aircraft.
Berger To Be New USMC Leader 
The Senate has confirmed Lt. Gen. David Berger to receive his fourth star and lead the U.S. Marine Corps as its 38th commandant.
USAF, Navy May Design Flight Gear For Women 
The services held a “Female Fitment Event” at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, June 4 in which female aviators gathered to have their measurements taken, which will be used to design new prototypes.
U.S. Senators Move To Block Arms Sales To Saudi Arabia, UAE 
Seven U.S. senators are introducing 22 joint resolutions to block weapon sales to foreign governments—including Saudi Arabia and the UAE—without congressional OK.
House Panel Wants F-35 Spares Shortage Solution 
House authorizers propose fencing 25% of the undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment’s budget until the Pentagon presents a plan to rectify problems in the F-35 supply chain.
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