National Defense magazine nets three Defence Media Awards

National Defense magazine's Jon Harper, Yasmin Tadjdeh and Vivienne Machi took home 2018 Defence Media Awards for their respective reporting.

ARLINGTON, VA – Three National Defense magazine writers are among the winners of the 2018 Defence Media Awards, earning the publication of the National Defense Industrial Association the most awards presented Sunday, Oct. 7, at the National Press Club in Washington.

Honored for their work are Senior Editor Yasmin Tadjdeh for best cybersecurity story, Managing Editor Jon Harper for best naval systems story, and former Staff Reporter Vivienne Machi for best military aviation story. The magazine had earned seven award nominations in total.

“I am so proud of these National Defense staffers and of the magazine as a whole,” said Hawk Carlisle, president and chief executive officer of NDIA. “I receive many compliments about the solid reporting and objective journalism the magazine offers each month. The magazine stands out as one of our finest offerings, and these awards will be the first of many for these talented journalists.”

National Defense covers the business and technology of the defense industry. It’s published monthly and is distributed to more than 67,000 subscribers. Daily news and features are available on

These were the first Defence Media Awards, created “to honor and recognize the work of defense journalists and publishers,” said organizer Peter Bradfield. Organizers also present the annual Aerospace Media Awards, founded in 2012, and Bradfield said the number of defense journalists entering those awards prompted this award specifically for defense media.

“Until now, there have not been any independent, unbiased and impartial awards for defense journalists, especially a set of awards for work that covers the many sectors of the defense industry,” he said.

Lockheed Martin Corp. is the lead sponsor of the 2018 awards. Other sponsors are The Boeing Co., CAE Inc., General Atomics Aeronautical, Harris Corp., Nammo Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

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