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Defense News is a global website[1] 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.[2]

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.[3][4][5] Sightline Media Group was sold to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Regent in 2016 by TEGNA.[6]

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 initially aired on ABC 7 WJLA and the Armed Forces Network.[7] On April 3, 2017, Sightline announced the show would move to WETA-TV and be renamed Defense News Weekly,[8][9] with two co-hosts: Jill Aitoro, Defense News executive editor; and Tony Lombardo, executive editor of Military Times, another Sightline brand.


Current employees include:

  • Jill Aitoro,[10] executive editor
  • Aaron Mehta, associate editor/Pentagon
  • Joe Gould, Congress reporter
  • Jen Judson, land warfare reporter
  • Valerie Insinna, air warfare reporter


  1. ^ "Defense News". Retrieved 2017-03-06.
  2. ^ "Help - About - Defense News". Defense News. Retrieved 2008-12-09.[permanent dead link]
  3. ^ "Army Times Publishing Company, Inc". Army Times Publishing Company. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  4. ^ May 2014 Gannett Press Release
  5. ^ "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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  7. ^ "WUSA Teams Up with Weekly Defense News". Broadcasting & Cable. 2008-01-28. Archived from the original on 2008-12-02. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  8. ^ "Defense News unveils enhancements to TV show". Defense News. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Defense News TV". WETA-TV. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Aitoro named Defense News editor". Defense News. Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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