National Defense magazine nets two Defence Media Awards

Jon Harper and Stew Magnuson of National Defense magazine

ARLINGTON, VA – Two staff members of National Defense magazine, the official publication of the National Defense Industrial Association, are among the winners of the 2019 Defence Media Awards, presented Oct. 13 at the National Press Club in Washington.

Honored for their work this year are Editor in Chief Stew Magnuson and Managing Editor Jon Harper, selected in the best technology and best naval systems submission categories, respectively,

Harper also was nominated for best land systems submission. Other nominees from the magazine were Senior Editor Yasmin Tadjdeh for best breaking news story, Staff Writer Connie Lee for best unmanned systems submission and Editorial Assistant Mandy Mayfield for best military aviation submission.

The recognition is “well deserved for such great work,” said Hawk Carlisle, NDIA’s president and chief executive officer. “All of us at NDIA are very proud of the National Defense Magazine. “I receive many compliments about the magazine, which stands out as one of our finest offerings. We are fortunately to have this talented staff.”

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 second 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. Lockheed Martin Corp. was the lead sponsor of the 2019 awards. Other sponsors were The Boeing Co., CAE Inc., L3Harris, Honeywell, Elbit Systems of America, General Atomics Aeronautical, Nammo Co. and Northrop Grumman Corp.

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