National Security Reporter, Defense One

Government Executive Media Group
  • Location
    Washington, D.C.
  • Sector
  • Experience
    Mid Career
  • Posted
    Mar 22

Position description

Government Executive Media Group is the leading publisher of news and information about federal, state and local government and the national security world. Our readers are some of the most influential public officials and military leaders in the United States. GEMG’s publications include Government Executive, Nextgov, Defense One, and Route Fifty.

Defense One seeks an experienced and well-sourced reporter to cover national security in Washington, D.C., at the Pentagon and beyond. The National Security Reporter will lead our daily coverage while keeping a wider eye for big-picture military, foreign policy, politics, and intelligence news at the White House, Congress, and relevant agencies. From China to the Middle East, partisan politics to great power competition, expect to be busy covering it all. We cover the “the future of defense”; your stories will reflect that. Related experience covering the military, intelligence, politics, overseas conflicts, technology, or related areas is required.


Responsibilities include:

  • Covering Pentagon and national security leaders, filing stories regularly.
  • Covering daily developments across Washington national security agencies, as needed.
  • Developing sources and relying on them to produce original reporting.
  • Collaborating with other members of the Defense One editorial staff.
  • Occasionally traveling on assignment.
  • Occasionally moderating panel discussions and interviews at Defense One events.
  • Working on longform articles and special editorial projects.


  • 5+ years of professional journalism experience covering national security.
  • Strong record of developing sources and breaking news.
  • Flexibility and hustle.
  • A positive, good-natured, energetic attitude.

Please include links to three examples of your work in addition to your resume and cover letter.

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