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

Defense News is a website and newspaper about the politics, business, and technology of national security published by Sightline Media Group. Founded in 1986, Defense News serves an audience of senior military, government, and industry decision-makers throughout the world.[1]

Defense News was founded as a weekly newspaper by Army Times Publishing Company. ATPCO was sold in 1997 to Gannett Company[2] (later renamed TEGNA), which sold it to Los Angeles–based private equity firm Regent in 2016, which renamed it Sightline Media Group.[3][4][5][6]

Defense News has a weekly television show about 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.[7] In April 2017, the show relaunched on WETA-TV as 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. In September 2017, Jeff Martin, a former TV reporter from Alabama, took over hosting and producing duties. The show later moved off WETA to AFN and various online platforms.


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  2. ^ "Gannett Completes Purchase of Army Times Publishing Co. | TEGNA". Retrieved 2022-11-28.
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  4. ^ " May 2014 Gannett Press Release". Archived from the original on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2015-03-18.
  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.
  6. ^ "Tegna CEO Gracia Martore made $14.7 million in 2015 - Washington Business Journal".
  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. 3 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  9. ^ "Defense News TV". WETA-TV. Archived from the original on 6 April 2017. Retrieved 4 April 2017.