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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.

U.S. Air Force Secretary Favors Declassifying Space Threat Information 
U.S. Air Force Secretary Barbara Barrett believes the government should declassify some information related to challenges in space so that the public is aware of what is at stake.
Roper: Worries Daily About Boeing KC-46 RVS Resdesign 
The Air Force does not know how much the KC-46 fixes will cost until a design is validated.
KC-46 Remote Vision System Redesign Clears Hurdle 
The U.S. Air Force has recently completed the system requirements review for the KC-46A Remote Vision System (RVS).
Pentagon Requests $40M For CVN 78 Elevator Fix 
The DOD has requested to shift roughly $40 million to fix the Advanced Weapons Elevators on the USS Gerald R. Ford and complete deferred work on the warship.
U.S. Navy Applies Aviation Readiness Strategy To Shipyards 
“We’re using the same philosophy, some of the same expertise, lessons learned, what worked, what didn’t and applying that to the public shipyards,” says Hondo Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition.
CNO Emphasizes Training, MUM-T In Initial Guidance 
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday released his initial guidance to the fleet Dec. 4.
USAF Enhanced Polar System Recap Payload OK’d For Production 
The U.S. Air Force’s Enhanced Polar System Recapitalization Payload can transition to the manufacturing phase after successfully completing a critical design review.
DOD OK With USAF Structuring Of Launch Services Solicitation 
The Pentagon is “not concerned” with how the U.S. Air Force structured its launch services competition, even though the Government Accountability Office (GAO) partially sustained a protest by Blue Origin.
DOD Contract Financing Study On Hold 
The Pentagon cannot kick off its contract financing study until Congress passes and President Donald Trump signs an appropriations bill for fiscal 2020.
The Four-Way Race to Send the U.S. Air Force to Space
Aviation Week discuss how a government watchdog has changed the military’s effort to choose two launch providers from a field of Blue Origin, Northrop Grumman, SpaceX and United Launch Alliance.
U.S. Navy Awards MUX Mission Payload Contracts 
The U.S. Navy has awarded contracts to the winners of four prize challenges for the Marine Air-Ground Task Force expeditionary unmanned aircraft system (MUX) for four individual mission payloads.
Esper Fires Navy Secretary, Rallies For New Replacement 
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked for Navy Secretary Richard Spencer’s resignation Nov. 24 due to what the top U.S. defense official said was a loss of confidence.
GAO Defends USAF In Launch Procurement Protest 
The Government Accountability (GAO) office defended the U.S. Air Force’s National Security Space Launch procurement in three areas outlined in a protest filed by Blue Origin.
Omega Now Owns Boom-Equipped Tankers 
Omega Air took delivery of the first of two former Royal Netherlands Air Force KDC-10 aircraft that they could potentially use to provide a tanking service to the U.S. Air Force.
USAF Official Outlines Inaugural Vanguard Programs 
The U.S. Air Force has unveiled three “vanguard programs” designed to partially fulfill the service’s science and technology strategy.

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