Lara Seligman

Pentagon Editor,
Aviation Week

As Aviation Week’s Pentagon Editor, Lara Seligman writes about U.S. and international military aviation. Lara began her career as a military reporter covering Navy aviation and shipbuilding for Inside Defense, before moving over to cover the Air Force for Defense News. Prior to moving to the defense beat in 2013, Lara covered Congress and politics, first for National Journal and then for The Hill Newspaper. A Philadelphia native, Lara graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 2011.


House Lawmakers Want Major Safety Upgrades For F/A-18s 
The House Armed Services tactical air and land subcommittee’s markup of the defense policy bill, released April 25, would require the Navy to make several hardware modifications to the F/A-18s to reduce the occurrence of, and mitigate the risk posed by, hypoxia-like physiological episodes.
USAF Taps Major General To Lead T-6 Investigation 
The U.S. Air Force has elevated its safety investigation into unexplained physiological episodes on the service’s T-6 Texan II trainer fleet, appointed a two-star general to lead the effort.
JEDI Cloud Will Expedite A.I., Pentagon No. 2 Says 
The Department of Defense’s Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud acquisition is “a building block” toward deploying and evolving artificial intelligence, according to a top official.
NASA To Kick Off Study On Fighter Pilot Breathing  5
“The idea is to begin to collect data on the human that has not been collected,” according to one NASA official, who said the agency will use several NASA aircraft, including an F/A-18 and F-15, for the assessment.
U.S. Army May Ground Some AH-64Es Over Safety Issue  3
The U.S. Army may be forced to ground some Boeing AH-64E Apache attack helicopters due to concerns about the durability of a critical component.
Updated: Lockheed Offers Raptor-Lightning Hybrid To Japan, Report Says 
Lockheed Martin plans to offer Japan a fighter design that combines features of the F-22 Raptor and F-35 Lightning, Reuters reports.
F-22 Guarded Troops During Syria Strike; Jassm-ER Not Used 
The U.S. Air Force has backtracked on which platforms were involved in the massive strike operation on Syria's chemical weapons sites.
Podcast: U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center Tackles Aviation Mishaps
U.S. Air Force Sustainment Center Chief Lt. Gen. Lee Levy joins Aviation Week editors to discuss the recent mishaps, how incorporating new technology like additive manufacturing and robotics can help make maintenance more efficient, and how to get control of F-35 sustainment costs.
Next-Gen B-21 Bomber Gets Its First Software Drop 
“Right now I’m very happy with how the program is progressing,” the U.S. Air Force's top uniformed acquisition official told Congress.
UK’s Royal Air Force Debuts First F-35 Squadron  10
Britain’s Royal Air Force (RAF) has re-established 617 Sqdn. as the nation’s first unit to fly the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter.
Pentagon Lays Out Plan For Multiyear F-35 Buy 
The Department of Defense laid out a long-anticipated plan to buy Lockheed Martin’s F-35 in bulk beginning in the early 2020s.
Pentagon Looks At Replacing F-35 Parts-makers 
The U.S. Department of Defense is looking to inject competition into the supply chain as support costs mount.
T-6 Pilots Report 12 New Physiological Events  11
U.S. Air Force student and instructor pilots have reported eight additional physiological events in the T-6 Texan II trainer since March 1.
U.S and Allies Launch Over 100 Precision Missiles on Syria  17
The attack included 105 long-range cruise missiles, fired from U.S. Rockwell B-1B Lancer bombers, British Panavia Tornado GR4s, French Dassault Rafale fighters and ships in the Mediterranean
Pentagon Could Kill F-35 JPO, But Not Until 2035  11
The Pentagon is laying the groundwork to dissolve the F-35 Joint Program Office.
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