Defense Policy Reporter

Inside Washington Publishers
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Early Career / Mid Career
  • Posted
    Nov 05

Position description

Leading Washington news organization has an opening for a reporter to cover defense policy.

Inside Washington Publishers' online news services and newsletters are widely recognized for their depth of reporting and experience in covering the federal policy process for professionals who need to know. For over 40 years, IWP has served these policy professionals with cutting-edge information about federal directions.

Our team of defense-policy reporters has become a leading source for the latest news on how the coronavirus is affecting Pentagon budgeting and planning, and how it will affect the schedule of dozens of weapons programs in development. This is on top of an array of other issues -- ranging from the formulation of the fiscal year 2022 Defense Department budget to Congress' review of the 2021 budget request – that, even before the pandemic, had created a full federal policy agenda. And the presidential election may result in a shift in national security policy. The reporting opportunity, in this unprecedented time, seems limitless.

IWP’s Defense Group ( and five print newsletters) is part of a newsroom with 50 reporters and editors renowned for their investigative reporting, taking our readers inside the places (Congress, the agencies, the contractors) where policies are shaped. Our editorial team has a worldwide reputation for accurate, in-depth, behind-the-scenes reporting, singularly focused on breaking the big story for policy professionals who depend on us for the “inside” word. Besides defense, we cover environment, international trade, health and cybersecurity.

We welcome experience, but do not require it.

If you are looking for your next reporting challenge or your first reporting opportunity, contact us. You can share in the excitement of covering the massive changes transforming federal policies, during this unprecedented time with its unprecedented activity.

Application instructions

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