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Valerie Insinna

Afghanistan withdrawal, Biden transition among biggest 2021 defense stories

The Defense Department saw many changes this year, with new initiatives and programs across all of the services. “Government Matters” reviewed the biggest defense stories of the year. Howard Altman, senior managing editor at Military Times, said the end of 20 years of U.S. presence in Afghanistan is a huge story and a continuing issue. […]


Impact and scope of defense contractor vaccine refusals not yet known, says Pentagon reporter

Defense contractors are bracing for a loss of a portion of their workforce as a result of the Covid-19 vaccine mandate for federal contractors. That loss could negatively impact the Pentagon in the long term. Valerie Insinna, reporter for Breaking Defense, said it is unknown how many employees are refusing the vaccine and probably will […]


Air Force will need to make tradeoffs with F-35s and competing priorities, says air warfare reporter

The F-35 is the Air Force’s top-of-the-line fighter jet, but how many do they need and how many can they afford? Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter at Defense News, said the Air Force would buy all of the approximately 1,700 F-35s in the program of record if it had unlimited funds but that other weapons […]


Valerie Insinna: Rep. Smith has “jumped on the bandwagon” with concerns about F-35 costs

The F-35 program will get a closer look from the Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee in this Congress. Congressman Adam Smith calls the program a “failure on a massive freaking scale.” “I think what’s new here is that the Air Force has actually come out and they’re saying, ‘we’re studying our tactical aircraft […]


Tracking delays in the F-35 program

Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter for Defense News, talks about the delay in the F-35 program moving to full-rate production and the replacement of the Autonomic Logistics Information System


The Federal Beat – February 2, 2020

Oriana Pawlyk, reporter at, and Valerie Insinna, Air Warfare Reporter for Defense News, discuss the F-35’s ‘must-fix’ changes.


A look ahead at defense in 2020

Lauren Williams, staff writer at FCW, Valerie Insinna, air warfare reporter at Defense News and Sara Sirota, associate editor of Inside the Air Force, discuss what they’re tracking in defense as we enter a new year.


Japan wants to be an “official partner” in F-35 program

Valerie Insinna, air warfare reporter for Defense News, discusses Japan’s intention to become a partner in manufacturing the F-35, and the ramifications it could have on the Joint Strike Fighter program

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