Welcome to Breaking Defense, the online defense magazine.

We’ve designed Breaking Defense to be the idea hub of the defense world, where the crucial defense ideas are debated, the biggest defense stories are reported and analyzed and the hottest weapons and news videos are shared. Read and watch the top-notch reporting of our team of experienced journalists, knowledgeable analysts, senior defense industry contributors and informed readers.

Breaking Defense is produced by Breaking Media, which provides trade-specific news, analysis, thought leadership and resources for senior executives and their organizations in their respective fields. Contact us at tips@breakingdefense.com.

Breaking Defense was founded in 2011 as AOL Defense. It was acquired in 2013 by Breaking Media.


Editorial Team

Colin Clark
Editor, Breaking Defense

Colin Clark was the founding editor of DoDBuzz.com. Previously, he covered Congress, intelligence and regulatory affairs for Space News; founded and edited the Washington Aerospace Briefing, a newsletter for space industry professionals; covered national security issues for Congressional Quarterly; and was editor of Defense News. Clark is based in Washington, D.C.
Sydney J. Freedberg Jr
Deputy Editor, Breaking Defense

Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. is the deputy editor for Breaking Defense. During his 13 years at National Journal magazine, he wrote his first story about what became known as "homeland security" in 1998, his first story about "military transformation" in 1999, and his first story on "asymmetrical warfare" in 2000. Since 2004 he has conducted in-depth interviews with more than 200 veterans of Afghanistan and Iraq about their experiences, insights, and lessons-learned, writing stories that won awards from the association of Military Reporters & Editors in 2008 and 2009, as well as an honorable mention in 2010.

Board of Contributors

The Board of Contributors boasts some of America's top defense thinkers from academia, thinktanks and industry. Some are liberal, some are conservative and some would claim little or no political affiliation. Their mission is to help Breaking Defense ask the hard questions and to find the even harder answers for how the military and the defense industry can best safeguard citizens and provide value to the taxpayers.



  • Marion Blakey
    Leads the Aerospace Industries Association, America's premier aerospace and defense lobby group. Blakey was the first woman to head the Federal Aviation Administration.
  • Bob Butterworth
    Consultant and expert on intelligence, especially spy satellites and the policies governing them. Former senior advisor to leader of Space Command.
  • David Deptula
    Boundary-pushing expert on air power. Retired Air Force general, consultant.
  • Mackenzie Eaglen
    Former congressional staffer and defense analyst at the conservative American Enterprise Institute.


  • Joan Johnson-Freese
    Expert on US military space, Chinese space and the PLA. Professor at Naval War College and lecturer at Harvard University.
  • Robbin Laird
    International defense consultant, owner of Second Line of Defense website, former National Security Council staffer, Washington.
  • Doug Macgregor
    Innovative critic of the Army and how and why America fights its war.
  • Loren Thompson
    Top defense consultant and analyst at the Lexington Institute, DC thinktank, author of Early Warning Blog
  • Rachel Kleinfeld
    Politically astute progressive who is president of the Truman National Security Project. Named one of the top 40 under 40 political leaders by Time Magazine.