Project for Media & National Security

at The George Washington University

Who We Are

The Project for Media and National Security brings journalists together with senior American defense and national security officials and experts in a variety of settings. The goal is to deepen media and public understanding of national security issues. The Project includes the Defense Writers Group, a journalists’ forum comprised of over 50 news organizations. Members include large national and regional newspapers, online media outlets, international news wire services, magazines and trade publications.

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What We Do

Our Mission

The Project works to deepen understanding of complex national security issues by convening conversations with policymakers for journalists, as well as researchers and students, focusing on military, cyber and other national security issues. These conversations serve to strengthen news coverage and academic understanding, and therefore public knowledge. 

Defense Writers Group

The Defense Writers Group is a nonprofit association of news organizations with professional correspondents who write on a full-time basis, about military affairs and national security.  The Group, part of the Project on Media & National Security, works to enhance and deepen public understanding of defense and national security issues.

The Director

The Project’s director, David Ensor, has been a journalist, a diplomat, a Federal official, and a businessman. Most recently, he served as the director of Voice of America. Previously, Ensor worked as a public diplomacy official for the U.S. State Department and a television correspondent for over 30 years, including stints at ABC and CNN.