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.

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.

Latest from the Project

Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman Discusses Greatest Threats

By David Ensor Director of the Project for Media and National Security and Walter R. Roberts Fellow It is not every day that a group of journalists can participate in an hour-long conversation with the nation’s second highest-ranking military officer. On Jan. 30, over...
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Army Reserve Commander Takes Questions from Journalists

Back in 1908, when the Army Reserves were formed, doctors were the first recruits. Medicine remains a key expertise, but Lieutenant General Charles Luckey, Chief of Army Reserve and Commanding General U.S. Army Reserve Command, said he now looks for a wide range of...
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House Armed Services Chairman Takes Questions from Defense Writers Group

House Armed Services Committee Chairman William “Mac” Thornberry (R-Tex.) took questions from an overflow crowd of journalists on Jan. 16, as a guest of the Defense Writers Group, a 39-year-old Washington institution now facilitated by the George Washington...
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