Defense News

Defense News is a global website and magazine about politics, business and technology of defense. Defense News serves an audience of senior military, government and industry decision-makers throughout the world.[1]

Defense News
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Cover of Defense News from April 3, 2017
TypeWeekly (news)
Owner(s)Sightline Media Group
PublisherMichael Reinstein
Editor-in-chiefJill Aitoro
HeadquartersTysons, Virginia

Defense News is published by the Defense News Media Group, a unit of Sightline Media Group, which was once a part of Gannett Company.[2][3][4] Sightline Media Group was sold to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Regent in 2016 by TEGNA.[5]

The organization is the leading defense publication in the United States[citation needed] and is often cited in official reports and in Congressional testimony.

Defense News has a weekly television show that centers on international defense and military issues. It first aired March 2, 2008, as This Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian on WUSA 9, a Washington, D.C., CBS affiliate. It later aired on ABC 7 WJLA and the Armed Forces Network.[6] On April 3, 2017, Sightline announced the show would move to WETA-TV and be renamed Defense News Weekly,[7][8] with two co-hosts: Jill Aitoro, Defense News executive editor; and Tony Lombardo, executive editor of Military Times, another Sightline brand. In September 2017, Jeff Martin, a former TV reporter from Alabama, took over hosting and producing duties. This led to a rapid transformation of the show, improving content and reach. The show later moved off of WETA, airing on AFN and on various online venues.


Current employees include:

  • Jill Aitoro,[9] executive editor
  • Aaron Mehta, deputy editor/Pentagon correspondent
  • Jeff Martin, associate editor for multimedia/Host, Defense News Weekly
  • Chris Martin, managing editor
  • Sebastian Sprenger, associate editor for Europe
  • Joe Gould, Congress reporter
  • Jen Judson, land warfare reporter
  • David B. Larter, naval warfare reporter
  • Valerie Insinna, air warfare reporter


  1. ^ "Help - About - Defense News". Defense News. Retrieved 2008-12-09.[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ "Army Times Publishing Company, Inc". Army Times Publishing Company. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  3. ^ May 2014 Gannett Press Release
  4. ^ "Interview: Brad Peniston of Defense News talks about Blogs and their impact on Defense News web site". Archived from the original on 2008-08-19. Retrieved 2008-09-24.
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  6. ^ "WUSA Teams Up with Weekly Defense News". Broadcasting & Cable. 2008-01-28. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  7. ^ "Defense News unveils enhancements to TV show". Defense News. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Defense News TV". WETA-TV. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Aitoro named Defense News editor". Defense News. Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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