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The 2019 Defence Media Awards were presented at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on the 13th October.

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The Defence Media Awards 2019    -   Winners & Shortlisted Finalists


Best Young Defence Journalist - sponsored by NAMMO

The nominees for the Best Young Defence Journalist

Kelsey D. Atherton - C4ISRNET

Megan Eckstein - US Naval Institute (USNI) News

Sam Cranny Evans - Jane’s

Lee Hudson - Aviation Week & Space Technology

Kate Martyr - Shephard Media


                              The winner is Megan Eckstein



Best Naval Systems Submission

The nominees for the Best Naval Systems Submission

Jon Harper - “Incoming: Can Aircraft Carriers Survive

Hypersonic Weapons?” – National Defense

Lee Hudson - Next Battle for USS Harry S Truman Will Be

Over Carrier’s Retirement - Aviation Week & Space Technology

Aaron Mehta and Joe Gould - US could lose a key weapon for

tracking Chinese and Russian subs - Defense News

Jason Sherman, Going Great Guns – Naval Warfare

International - Shephard Media

Dr. Lee Willett- China’s Jiangkai Frigate Roll-Out Delivers

Global Reach- Armada International


                                           The winner is Jon Harper



Best Military Aviation Submission - sponsored by Honeywell

The nominees for the Best Military Aviation Submission

Jeremy Binnie and Ashley Roque - US confirms P-8A Poseidon

was close to RQ-4A Global Hawk down by Iran’ – Jane’s Defence


Pat Host - Flight preparation: Pentagon’s radical experiment for

future air superiority – Jane’s Defence Weekly

Gareth Jennings - Bolt-on lethality: Modular weapons provide

punch for helicopters - International Defence Review

Mandy Mayfield - “Fighting Over Fighting Jets: Pentagon Plan to

Buy F-15EX Sparks Controversy” – National Defense

Steve Trimble - Sustainment Shift – Inside MRO


                                                            The winner is Pat Host



Best Military Rotorcraft submission - sponsored by Elbit Systems of America

The nominees for the Best Military Rotorcraft submission

Frank Colucci - Heads Up, Eyes Out, All Around

- AHS International Vertiflite

Elan Head and Lloyd Horgan - Mission in Mali

- Vertical 911

Gareth Jennings - Rotary revolution: Helicopter

technology advancements on the cusp

- Jane’s International Defence Review

Tim Martin – Fighting It Out – Defence Helicopter

Joetey Attariwala - CSAR - Building towards a

capability - Asian Military Review


                                                          The winner is Frank Colucci



Best Training, Simulation and Readiness submission - sponsored by CAE

The nominees for the Best Training, Simulation and Readiness submission

Lee Hudson - U.S. Army Shakes Up Pilot Training

- Aviation Week & Space Technology

Steven W Miller - Fighting Bloodless Battles

- Armada International

Joe Pappalardo - The Air Force Is Changing How

Special Ops Fighters Are Trained - Popular Mechanics

Oriana Pawlyk - Here’s How the Air Force Hopes to

Train 1500 New Pilots Every Year -

Kate Warner - The Best Simulation Training Capability

in the World? - Military Simulation & Training (MS&T) magazine


                                                         The winner is Lee Hudson



Best Breaking News story

The nominees for the Best Breaking News story

Gina Harkins - Sailors Created ‘Rape List’ Aboard First Sub to Integrate Women


Valerie Insinna - The hidden troubles of the F-35 - Defense News

Hope Hodge Seck -  Navy to Change Pilot Call Sign Protocol After Minority

Aviators Report Bias –

Yasmin Tadjdeh - Analysts Surprised by Boeing-Leonardo’s UH-1N Helicopter

Win – National Defense

Marcus Weisgerber - Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super

Hornet Game Plan - Defenseone


                                                        The winner is Valerie Insinna



Best Land Systems submission - sponsored by Northrop Grumman

The nominees for the Best Land Systems submission

Jon Harper - Army Aiming to Prevent Soldiers from Being Outgunned

– National Defense

Jen Judson - US Army’s modernization efforts foster boom in US-foreign

partnerships - Defense News

Beth Maundrill - Ground Based Air Defence (GBAD)

- Land Warfare International (Shephard Media)

Ashley Roque - Taking Defensive Action - Land Warfare International

Kelvin Wong – Rising sons: Japanese ground forces transformation continues

pace – Jane’s International Defence Review


                                                         The winner is Ashley Roque



Best Technology Submission - sponsored by L3Harris

The nominees for the Best Technology Submission

Mark Cazalet – The price of quality: Weighing the survivability cost of advanced

AFV mission systems - Jane’s International Defence Review

Mike Gruss - Could artificial intelligence save the Pentagon $15 billion a year?


Pat Host - Satcom surge: Lasers to provide a communications opportunity

– Jane’s International Defence Review

Stew Magnuson - Quantum Technology: Defense Community Slow to Grasp

Potential of Quantum-Based Devices – National Defense

Dr Thomas Withington - Unpicking the Electromagnetic Tapestry

- Asian Military Review


                                                      The winner is Stew Magnuson



Best Un-manned Systems submission - sponsored by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems

The nominees for the Best Un-manned Systems submission

Lee Hudson - U.S. Marines Want UAV Payload Design First, How to

Fly Comes Later - Aviation Week & Space Technology

Jen Judson - Robots take on complex obstacles in US Army exercise

– Defense News

Connie Lee - Army Looks to Replace RQ-7 Shadow – National Defense

Oriana Pawlyk - MQ-9 Gets First Air-to-Air Kill in Training Exercise,

Air Force Official Says –

Richard Thomas - Unmanned VTOL eyes fixed-wing real estate

-Unmanned Vehicles


                                                        The winner is Jen Judson



The John Morrocco Award for Best In-depth Defense Reporting - sponsored by Boeing

The nominees for the John Morrocco Award for Best In-depth Defense Reporting

Gabriel Emil Dominguez Cespedes - Fight and talk: Washington’s

new strategy for Afghanistan - Jane’s Defence Weekly

Gina Harkins - The Untold Heroism Behind a Marine’s Secret

Navy Cross from Benghazi –

Aaron Mehta - How the US and China collaborated to get nuclear

material out of Nigeria — and away from terrorist groups - Defense News

Oriana Pawlyk - The Days of Secret Military Operations May

Soon Be Over. Does it Matter? -

Steve Trimble and Guy Norris - Pole Position

- Aviation Week & Space Technology

Marcus Weisgerber - Pentagon To Start Creating Space Force

- Even Before Congress Approves It – Defense One


Judges Commendation Gabriel Emil Dominguez Cespedes





                                                         The winner is Gina Harkins









The Outstanding Achievement Award - sponsored by Lockheed Martin


Julian Nettlefold - Battlespace













Colin Clark - Breaking Defence


































































































































































































































































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The 2019 Defence Media Awards will be presented at The National Press Club in Washington D.C. on Sunday 13th October 2019

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