Defense News is published by the Defense News Media Group, a unit of Sightline Media Group, which was once a part of Gannett Company. Sightline Media Group was sold to Los Angeles-based private equity firm Regent in 2016 by TEGNA.
The organization is the leading defense publication in the United States and is often cited in official reports and in Congressional testimony.
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 later aired on ABC 7 WJLA and the Armed Forces Network. On April 3, 2017, Sightline announced the show would move to WETA-TV and be renamed Defense News Weekly, 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. This led to a rapid transformation of the show, improving content and reach. The show later moved off of WETA, airing on AFN and on various online venues.