Feb
07

5 Sources for Keeping Up on Defense Industry News

Greg McCarthy

[Also authored by Crystal Benton]

With the ever-changing landscape of the defense industry, keeping up on the important news is more challenging than ever. To help you focus, here are the top defense industry news sources we recommend following to keep informed of the latest developments.

1. Subscribe – Morning Defense Email (Politico): By 7:00 AM Politico’s Charles Hoskinson sends an email to your inbox providing a summary of the top news on defense issues, including the most important industry related news and the stories to watch that day.

2. Follow – Marjorie Censer on Twitter (Washington Post): While you should always read her stories, following her on Twitter is a must to keep up with breaking industry news throughout the day. Plus, we love her Twitter handle: @CommonCenser

3. Watch – “This Week in Defense News with Vago Muradian” on TV: As the website says, each week Vago Muradian, editor of Defense News, “probes the minds of some of the best thinkers in the defense industry.” Set your TIVO to record this show to get keen insights on what is happening in the defense industry or go to the website and watch past episodes. Don’t miss “Vago’s Notebook” for Muradian’s very knowledgeable, weekly analysis of issues impacting the defense industry.

4. Read – Print Edition of Defense News: If you want to know what are (or will be) the hot issues to the defense industry, take the time to flip through Defense News in print each week and pay close attention to who is buying ad space and what the message is. It provides great insights into who has skin in the game.

5. Support – Facebook and Twitter Platforms of Members of Congress Connected to Your Issues: Members of Congress are always important sources of news. Connecting through social media is an easy way to make yourself part of the discussion. Members and their staff appreciate new followers on their social media platforms and you can help them spread their news and they may help you spread yours. Check out the lists of Twitter handles for members of the House and Senate Armed Services Committees we created for our client the Aircraft Carrier Industrial Base Coalition (ACIBC).

Greg McCarthy served Director of Communications to U.S. Senator Jack Reed (D-RI), a Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and Chairman of the Subcommittee on Seapower. Crystal Benton served as Press Secretary to U.S. Senator John McCain (R-AZ), Ranking Member of the Senate Armed Services Committee and as Deputy Communications Director to his 2008 presidential campaign.

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