Sharon Weinberger is an American journalist and writer on defense and security issues. She is a Carnegie/Newhouse School Legal Reporting Fellow where her "project will examine a legally murky intersection between ethics and fraud in military contracting". Starting in Autumn, 2009 she will be an International Reporting Project fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS).
Education and early career
Weinberger holds a B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, where she was elected to the prestigious honor society Phi Beta Kappa, and M.A.s from the University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs in International Affairs and from Yale University in Russian and East European Studies.
She has also worked as a defense analyst for System Planning Corporation (SPC), a research, electronics and computer software company working for the US DoD, where her work focussed on such areas as arms export policy, the Department of Defense laboratory system. Together with Dov S. Zakheim she co-authored a study for the think tank, the Center for Strategic and International Studies entitled Toward a Fortress Europe published in 2000.
She has written for Wired's national security blog, Danger Room. She was editor-in-chief of Defense Technology International, a monthly magazine published by the McGraw Hill Aviation Week Group. She has written on science and technology policy for periodicals such as Slate, the Financial Times and the Washington Post Magazine. Her first book, Imaginary Weapons, describes a dispute over a weapons concept based on nuclear isomers.
She is married to fellow national security journalist, Nathan Hodge with whom she co-authored A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry in which they describe visits to current and past nuclear weapons sites and meetings with some of the people involved with nuclear weapons programmes.
Weinberger won an Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship in 2011 to research and write about how the science of Facebook is changing modern warfare. In November 2014, Weinberger became national security editor of The Intercept to head its investigative reporting on intelligence, military affairs, government surveillance, and the Edward Snowden archive.
- Montgomery McFate
- John B. Alexander
- Essence (Electronic Surveillance System for the Early Notification of Community-based Epidemics)
- Ghost imaging
- Amir-Abbas Fakhravar
- Blackwater Baghdad shootings
- National Ignition Facility
- International Traffic in Arms Regulations
- Imperial Hubris
- 2007 Osama bin Laden video
- Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld (2006) ISBN 1-56025-849-7
- A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (2008) ISBN 1-59691-378-9
- Dov S. Zakheim, Sharon Weinberger (2000). "Toward a Fortress Europe" (PDF). The Center for Strategic and International Studies. Retrieved 2009-03-30.
- Alicia Patterson Journalism Fellowship
- Personal website
- Wired's DANGER ROOM blog
- Slate:A Nuclear Family Vacation
- Washington Post Magazine: Xtreme Defense
- Slate: You Can't Handle the Truth