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.


Podcast: Russian, European and U.S. Fighters
Aviation Week’s defense team discusses how Europe’s defense partnerships are evolving.
With A-10 End In Sight, U.S. And Allies Eye Light-Attack Fleet  10
Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein and representatives from several foreign nations will attend the OA-X experiment.
As Adversaries Evolve, U.S. Air Force Chief Seeks Networked Airpower  9
Gen. David Goldfein is leading the charge to create a joint, integrated network he believes will give the U.S. and its allies the edge in battle.
Podcast: F-35 in the Crossfire, Part 1 93
Two experts on combat aircraft with two very different perspectives on the F-35 debate the pros and cons of the Pentagon’s costliest and most controversial fighter.
Podcast: F-35 in the Crossfire, Part 2 26
Two experts on combat aircraft return for additional debate about the quality of testing and ultimate cost of the Joint Strike Fighter.
Fix Elusive As Another F-35 Pilot Reports Trouble Breathing  67
An instructor pilot from the 56th Fighter Wing at Luke AFB noticed he was lightheaded and short of breath during a local training flight on July 10.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Return To Europe 
The service's premier aerobatic team made its first international trip since 2011, flying over Paris on Bastille Day and with the Royal Air Force Red Arrows at the Royal International Air Tattoo.
International Partners To Attend USAF Light Attack Demo 
Several foreign nations will be sending representatives to watch the U.S. Air Force’s light attack experiment.
Air Force Weighs Scrapping A-10 Replacement  221
The U.S. Air Force is looking closely at the future of close-in warfare, but the service’s top general says that future may not include a direct replacement for the A-10 Warthog.
U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds Back In Europe 
For Maj. Nick Krajicek, the U.S. Air Force Thunderbirds’ first international appearance since 2011 was a dream come true.
Toxic Air From T-45 Engine May Be Poisoning U.S. Navy Pilots  65
The Navy is looking more closely at the quality of the bleed air that comes off the T-45’s engine as a possible cause of hypoxia.
F-35 Fire Caused More Than $17M In Damage 
The U.S. Air Force's investigation determined the fire was caused by an unusually strong tailwind as the pilot began to rev up the engine.
USAF Wants Authority To Down Drones After F-22 Near Miss  112
The U.S. Air Force is developing tools to defend against small, commercial unmanned aerial systems but lacks the legal authority to use them.
F-35 Costs Rise; U.S. Marines Sign Up For 13 More  90
The total cost to procure Lockheed Martin’s F-35 has risen by nearly seven percentage points compared to last year, largely because the U.S. government opted to buy aircraft at a slower rate, according to the Pentagon’s most recent estimate.
Thaad Missile Defense System Successfully Destroys Target 
The U.S. government conducted a successful intercept July 11 with the Terminal High Altitude Area Defense (Thaad) missile defense system.
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