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Atlantic Media Launches ‘Defense One’

Defense One, Atlantic Media’s new site catering to those involved (or just interested) in the national security and defense world, went live this morning. If that’s your idea of fun, then you’ll likely find something worthwhile.

Content on Defense One is broken into five categories: global threats, politics, management, technology and ideas. There are no paywalls, so everyone is free to browse as much as they want.

Kevin Baron, executive editor of the new site, writes in a letter that Defense One, “Will be a news and conversation destination for the national security leaders, influential professionals, stakeholders and citizens who are navigating that change.” In other words, don’t expect any think pieces proclaiming that Iceman was more pivotal to Maverick’s success than Mav overcoming the shadow of his father’s career and properly processing his father’s death. But do us a favor, if you do come across that, email us.

Here’s the rest of Defense One’s editorial team:

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Marc Ambinder Joins The Atlantic’s Defense One

Marc Ambinder is joining The Atlantic’s national security site — Defense One — as a senior contributor. Ambinder will retain his roles as editor-at-large of The Week and contributing editor to GQ and The Atlantic.

“Few people have such a clear understanding — and the sources to back it up — of U.S. intel, secrecy, and national security issues,” said Kevin Baron, executive editor of Defense One, in a statement. “The last decade saw U.S. intelligence and the military joined at the hip in secrecy, with consequences echoing from the battlefield to the Constitution for years to come. Expect Marc to shed light on what comes next.”

Defense One is expected to launch sometime this summer.

Kevin Baron Named Exec Editor of Atlantic Media’s Defense One

Atlantic Media’s new military and defense site  — Defense One — has an editor. Kevin Baron, most recently Foreign Policy’s national security reporter and E-Ring blog author, is joining the site as its executive editor.

“Atlantic Media, with its commitment to high quality journalism and a digital pedigree, is the right media company to address the evolving needs of this community into the future,” said Baron, in a statement. “I could not be more pleased to join this important venture.”

Baron is also the vice president of the Pentagon Press Association and a two-time George Polk Award winner.

Polk Awards Focus On War In Middle East

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The 2009 George Polk made history yesterday by announcing its first ever anonymous winners: the men and/or women who captured the footage of Iranian protester Neda Agha-Soltan dying after being shot during the controversial reelection of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad in June. John Darnton of the Polk Awards called the video “an iconic image of the Iranian resistance.” Other winners of the highly-esteemed journalism award include David Rohde for his five-part New York Times series on being captured and held by the Taliban for seven months, and the Stars and Stripes trio of Charlie Reed, Kevin Baron and Leo Shane III for their piece on a secret Pentagon program meant to reward journalists who covered the war in a positive light.

Read More: Filmers of Iran Protest Death Win Polk Award in NY — New York Times, Files prove Pentagon is profiling reporters — Stars and Stripes

Previously: Kidnapped Journalist Rohde Answers Readers’ Questions

Military Cancels ‘Media Analyst Contract’ With Rendon Group

Kevin Baron at Stars and Stripes writes:

The U.S. military is canceling its contract with a controversial private firm that was producing background profiles of journalists seeking to cover the war that graded their past work as “positive,” “negative” or “neutral,” Stars and Stripes has learned.

“The Bagram Regional Contracting Center intends to execute a termination of the Media Analyst contract,” belonging to The Rendon Group, said Col. Wayne Shanks, chief of public affairs for International Security Assistance Forces-Afghanistan.

But Jason Chupick from our sister blog, PRNewser points out:

Lt. Cmdr. Christine Sidenstricker, military spokesperson for U.S. forces in Afghanistan said the practice of denying reporters embed positions is “flat out incorrect,” on NPR’s On the Media today.

That interview is here:

Previously on FBLA:

  • PJ Tobia Posts the Rendon Group Report On Him