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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


Digital and print journalismEdit

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]

Broadcast journalismEdit

Defense News and Washington D.C. CBS affiliate WUSA 9 created a weekly TV program called This Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian, which first aired on March 2, 2008. The show centers on international defense and military issues. It initially aired on ABC 7 WJLA and the Armed Forces Network.[7][8]

On April 3, 2017, Sightline Media Group announced the show would move to WETA-TV and be called Defense News Weekly.[9] [10] Tony Lombardo, executive editor of Defense News’ partner brand, Military Times, was announced as the show's co-host with Jill Aitoro.


Current employees include:

  • Jill Aitoro,[11] executive editor
  • Aaron Mehta, associate editor/Pentagon
  • Christopher P. Cavas, naval reporter
  • 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.
  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
  6. ^
  7. ^ "WUSA Teams Up with Weekly Defense News". Broadcasting & Cable. 2008-01-28. Retrieved 2008-12-09.
  8. ^ Defense News TV television show's web site
  9. ^ "Defense News unveils enhancements to TV show". Defense News. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  10. ^ "Defense News TV". WETA-TV. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  11. ^ "Aitoro named Defense News editor". Defense News. Retrieved 3 April 2017.

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