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Mailing Address

National Defense Magazine
2101 Wilson Blvd
Ste 700
Arlington, VA 22201

Editorial Staff

Sandra I. Erwin, Editor
(703) 247-2543

Stew Magnuson, Managing Editor
(703) 247-2545

Jon Harper, Senior Editor
(703) 247-2542

Yasmin Tadjdeh, Staff Writer
(703) 247-2585

Brian Taylor, Design Director
(703) 247-2546

Vivienne Machi, Associate Editor
(703) 247-9469

Kathleen Kenney, Advertising

Letters to the Editor

National Defense welcomes letters - pro or con. Keep them short and to the point. Letters will be edited for clarity and length. All letters considered for Readers Forum must be signed.

Letters can be either mailed to:
Editor, National Defense
2101 Wilson Blvd., Suite 700
Arlington, VA 22201

or emailed to

Writer's Guide

National Defense, published monthly, provides insightful, expert analysis and news features on military trends, Defense Department programs, defense industry, science and technology, and homeland security.

Considered the defense industry’s premier monthly publication, National Defense covers a broad gamut of topics, including military tactics, doctrine and strategy, as well as industrial planning, defense and homeland security budgets.

Because of the topical nature of National Defense, manuscripts are evaluated based on news content and timeliness. Opinion pieces and commentaries also are evaluated based on content and relevance. The magazine prints only original articles. Generally, stories are accepted on a pro bono basis.

Stories must be written in a news-feature format. Scholarly pieces with footnotes and endnotes are not acceptable.

National Defense’s 81,000 readers are a mix of Defense Department military and civilian officials, government and industry experts from the defense and homeland security sectors, and various other technology-oriented business communities.

Editorial material appearing in the magazine is copyrighted. Authors who are required to submit to government clearance procedures must do so before sending stories to the magazine.

Length, Submission Requirements
News features should be between 1,500 and 2,000 words in length. Opinion pieces should be between 1,000 and 1,500 words.

A short biography of the writer is requested. Preferred formatting is Microsoft Word or any text-only format.

In preparing your manuscript, keep in mind that the magazine’s readership is diverse. It touches technologists, acquisition professionals, systems operators, analysts, military officials, and industry executives.

Write your story in such a way that it will be comprehensible to a cross-section of readers. Articles should be detailed enough to interest our expert readers, but an author should define terms that would not generally be known by professionals in other industries.

Manuscripts are subject to rigorous editing for clarity, consistency, and style.

  • Language should be concise and clear. Use the active voice.
  • Summarize the essence of the story in the first paragraph. Keep it short and direct.
  • Avoid writing historical or anecdotal first paragraphs. Don't waste space on old news or information that is general knowledge.
  • Articles should be written in inverted pyramid style: Give the reader the main points early on, then fill in the details.
  • Avoid technical jargon. Acronyms should be avoided.
  • The article should take the readers from one idea to the next in a logical, easy-to-understand way. Avoid long sentences, obscure references, and tangential information. Use bullets and lists sparingly. Articles full of bulleted or numbered points are not acceptable.
  • Anything that is common knowledge doesn't need to be sourced. But most of the story must be original information.
  • Do not use footnotes, endnotes, acknowledgments, and esoteric symbols.
  • All proper names should be complete, including titles or military ranks, if applicable.
  • Organizations should have their city, state, and country indicated.
  • Authors are responsible for accuracy of all material reported.
  • National Defense follows the Associated Press Stylebook.
  • Artwork and other illustrative materials can be submitted in JPEG for TIFF format. Photographs should be at least 300 dpi.
  • Copyrighted art will not be accepted unless the copyright owner’s permission is given.

It is magazine policy that once a manuscript is in the editing process, no outside perusal is permitted. Significant changes, however, will be discussed with the author. Edited manuscripts, thus, are not subject to a final review by the writer.

All manuscripts must be received at least two months before the date of publication of National Defense, which is the first of every month.

For inquiries, contact the National Defense editor, Sandra I. Erwin at (703) 247-2543

Subscriptions and Reprints

Editorial features in National Defense can be reprinted to suite your company's needs. Reprints will be customized at your request and are available in four-color or black-and-white.

For information regarding National Defense subscription terms and rates, please call (703) 247-9469.

NDIA Membership

The National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) is the premier association representing all facets of the defense and technology industrial base and serving all military services. Please call the membership department at (703) 522-1820 or visit