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Defense One Hires FP’s Gordon Lubold, Defense News’ Marcus Weisgerber

PrintDefense One executive editor Kevin Baron today announced the hires of Gordon Lubold and Marcus Weisgerber.

Lubold joins from Foreign Policy, where he launched it’s daily newsletter “Situation Report.” He also did the same for POLITICO with its Morning Defense tip sheet. Now with Defense One, he’ll be at it again, helping to launch its own daily newsletter.

“Gordon is an insatiable reporter with more energy and enthusiasm for national security journalism than anyone I know,” said Baron. “He’s connected and respected among the military and national security community in a way that is unmatched among his peers.

Weisgerber joins the Atlantic Media property from Defense News, where he served as a Pentagon correspondent and covered the U.S. military through a policy, acquisition, and budget lens.

“Marcus has a true talent for shining a light on the big picture trends and tensions between government and industry leaders, and the pivot to the global marketplace of a multibillion dollar arms industry supplying global conflicts,” added Baron. “Marcus has the unique experience and foresight to report on where industry is heading and why. And I expect him to pull no punches.”

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Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey to Headline Defense One Summit

Defense one summitDefense One today announced that Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Martin Dempsey will headline its second annual summit, in conversation with executive editor Kevin Baron. Dempsey will explain how “the military is redefining its purpose to fulfill America’s responsibilities to global security.”

The summit is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19 and a full lineup of speakers is forthcoming. At its inaugural summit last year, the Atlantic Media property landed Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, U.S. Air Force then-Acting Secretary Eric Fanning, and Defense Department comptroller and CFO Robert Hale as speakers.

For more information, visit DefenseOne.com/summit. Media interested in covering should contact Caroline Friou at cfriou@govexec.com.

POLITICO Launches Defense Tweet Hub

Screen Shot 2014-08-19 at 11.05.18POLITICO today announced the launch of its Defense Tweet Hub, a look at conversation pertaining to defense policy, weapons programs, and the Pentagon budget on Twitter. The three panel deck pulls Twitter commentary from 300+ defense reporters, influencers, and policy makers including Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, WSJ’s Dion Nissenbaum, WaPo’s Dan Lamothe, the Council on Foreign Relations, and the United States Mission to NATO.

Defense is the third topic area to be explored as a tweet hub by POLITICO. In November, it launched Energy Insider Tweet Hub, followed by Technology Tweet Hub.

Atlantic Media’s ‘Defense One’ Plans to Double Editorial and Business Staff

PrintDefense One today announced that it plans to more than double its number of dedicated staff with the addition of 11 new full-time editorial and business employees. The announcement comes days after the Atlantic vertical celebrated it’s one-year anniversary, in which it already doubled its staff from three to six and experienced record monthly traffic of 800,000 page views and nearly 600,000 unique visitors during its first year.

As part of the expansion, executive editor Kevin Baron plans to hire three new beat reporters as well as two regular contributors. The U.S. defense and national security-focused brand will also add a general manager, associate publisher and events director along with dedicated sales and marketing persons.

“We’ve seen in the last year a tremendous appetite for the kind of journalism, ideas commentary, and events that has become the hallmark of the Defense One brand,” said Baron. “We did what we came to do in year one, and now this investment will enable us to expand our reporting on the national security community.”

Tim Hartman, CEO of National Journal Group that oversees Defense One, will lead the effort.

Defense One Hires Molly O’Toole

Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron announced today the hire of Molly O’Toole as the outlet’s first politics reporter. O’Toole will cover “the rhetoric versus the reality of defense and foreign policy issues before Washington, from Congressional committees to the presidential campaign trail into 2016.”

Previously, O’Toole was a news editor at The Huffington Post where she focused on Latin America, foreign policy, immigration, and defense.

Since February 2014, Defense One – Atlantic Media’s digital publication focused on the national security and defense industry – has hired Patrick Tucker as technology editor, Ben Watson as news editor, and Gayle Tzemach Lemmon and Sarah Chayes as contributors. The site launched in July 2013.

Tucker Hired, Gaskell Upped as Defense One Expands

New deputy editor Stephanie Gaskell.

New deputy editor Stephanie Gaskell.

Atlantic Media’s new Pentagon-focused pub, Defense One, is making some internal moves. Patrick Tucker was hired earlier this week as technology editor, and today Stephanie Gaskell was promoted to deputy editor.

Tucker comes to Defense One after a nine-year stint with the The Futurist, a bimonthly magazine published by the World Future Society. Tucker most recently served as deputy editor at the magazine, which explores the technological, scientific, environmental, social and policy trends shaping our collective future.

Gaskell has been with Defense One since its inception in July 2013 as senior reporter and associate editor, and has quickly made herself indispensable. In a memo to staff, executive editor Kevin Baron was effusive in praising her.

“The move signifies Stephanie’s solid and critical role to Defense One‘s editorial content and direction since our founding,” he said. “She is the heart and soul of Defense One and our success would not have been possible without her.”

The pub also announced that they will be hiring a news editor and several reporters in the near future.

 

Atlantic Media’s Defense One Launches

It’s finally here. Atlantic Media‘s much-anticipated new site Defense One launched today, with executive editor Kevin Baron at the helm.

Other editorial staff include associate editor/senior reporter Stephanie Gaskell and reporter Kedar Pavgi along with contributors Marc Ambinder, (previously White House Correspondent for Atlantic Media’s National Journal) James Kitfield and Joshua Foust.

Defense verticals seem to be all the rage these days, with competitors like Roll Call and USA Today rushing products out on the heels of Atlantic Media’s Defense One announcement earlier this year and their all-star hiring spree. Of course, USA Today’s offeringMilitary Intelligence—is a blog that seems designed to showcase content already in the paper more than original, deep dives and Roll Call thought it was smart to turn over its military coverage to a defense contractor while expecting us to believe this “sponsored content” was as good for its readers as it was for the paper’s bottom line (and the sponsor’s profile).

So, how is Defense One now that they’ve raised the curtain? Let’s have a look…

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Politico’s Gaskell To Join Defense One

Defense One, a new site from Atlantic Media, announced that Politico’s Stephanie Gaskell will join the site as a senior reporter and associate editor.

“Stephanie is a true pro, well-known across the military beat for her no-nonsense style and fair voice,” Kevin Baron, Defense One’s executive editor, said in a news release. “Having covered New York City, two wars, and now Washington, D.C., from the Pentagon to Congress and industry, Stephanie was an obvious fit for Defense One, which will benefit tremendously from her respected track record of unabashed journalism and eye for the stories that matter to readers.”

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FP’s Managing Editor Flew the Coop

Indeed, lots of changes at Foreign Policy Magazine as of late. Another one we just learned of is Managing Editor Blake Hounshell, who announced Friday that he was leaving. This comes on the heels of Susan Glasser‘s departure as Editor-in-Chief, as well as the losses of Josh Rogin to The Daily Beast and Kevin Baron to Atlantic‘s Defense One. Word on the street is Hounshell’s resignation involved Glasser’s leaving and subsequent move to Politico. We’re told it was his choice to leave.

As we announced earlier today, Foreign Policy held a meeting this morning to announce a bunch of new hires and promotions, including Wired‘s Noah Shachtman as Executive Editor of News.

Hounshell’s Twitter bio no longer includes any mention of Foreign Policy. “I decide to leave FP after six and a half wonderful years working with amazing colleagues and contributors,” he told FishbowlDC. “Very excited for my new projects. Stay tuned.”

FP Takes Swipe at Just-Departed Josh Rogin

The claws are out.

In a display of what smells like grudge-holding for leaving the publication, Foreign Policy is taking a swing at Josh Rogin, who left just weeks ago for The Daily Beast. They don’t name him in the story, but they rip at a piece he wrote like it’s a mouse they’ve been tracking all day long.

As we’ve reported, Kevin Baron, a top reporter for FP just left for Atlantic‘s Defense One. And earlier this week FP lost its Editor-in-Chief Susan Glasser, who formally announced that she, too, was leaving. She fled to Politico.  The publication expects to name a new editor soon.

In the meantime, it’s Operation Attack Josh Rogin Full Speed Ahead.

Written by FP‘s Micah Zenko, here’s a taste of it. Read more

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