Jen Judson is the land warfare reporter for Defense News. She has covered defense in the Washington area for over six years. She was previously a reporter at Politico Pro Defense and InsideDefense.com.
At InsideDefense.com, Judson specialized in Army aviation and missile defense. Judson broke the news on the Army’s controversial plan to retire its Kiowa Warrior helicopters and instead use Apache helicopters that would be taken from the National Guard. She was awarded the National Press Club’s 2014 Newsletter Journalism Award for her coverage.
Judson began her reporting career in Boston, Mass., as a State House correspondent for the MetroWest Daily News covering the special election following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. She also covered city government for the Daily News Tribune in Waltham, Mass. and was a jack-of-all-trades reporter at the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin.
Judson is a Denver, Colo., native. She holds a master of science degree in print Journalism from Boston University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.
The Army and several international partners made headway to achieve battlefield interoperability at EDGE 22 at Dugway Proving Ground, Utah, but there is still plenty of work to be done to seamlessly tie allies and partners together in operations.
Due to issues building prototypes in the pandemic, the Army is seeing test schedules for its new air-and-missile defense radar slip. But the service believes it is still on track to reach a congressionally mandated urgent fielding goal by the end of 2023.
The Army is getting serious about a future interceptor for its next-generation Integrated Air-and-Missile Defense System that is more capable of defeating complex threats like hypersonic weapons, according to a review of FY23 budget documents.
Among the items included in the Army's unfunded requirements list are fielding another half of a Brigade Combat Team of Abrams tanks, infrastructure improvements and more money to manage homeland contingencies.