Washington, D.C., January 27, 2021 – The Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), the world’s premier center for understanding future international competition and conflict, is proud to announce its inaugural fellows for the CSBA Defense Journalism Seminar Series. This seminar series is an in-depth program for working journalists in the defense and national security beats and aims to provide outstanding defense reporters with tools to master the foundations of defense policy, operational concepts, budgets, and the intricacies of contemporary national security processes. The forum begins on January 28, 2021 and will feature senior CSBA scholars and leading outside experts on national security policy.
After a highly selective application process, the incoming CSBA Defense Journalism Fellows form an exceptional group of rising leaders, hailing from U.S. and international outlets, trade and general press, and print publications and digital platforms.
Andrew Eversden is a defense technology reporter for C4ISRNET. He previously worked as a congressional reporting fellow for the Texas Tribune and Washington intern for the Durango Herald. Andrew is a graduate of American University.
Jack Detsch is a Pentagon and national security correspondent at Foreign Policy magazine, where he works to provide readers with a front-row seat to the Defense Department debates shaping U.S. national security. In his current role, he has broken numerous stories that lawmakers have drawn on to press the Trump administration for accountability on topics such as arms control and Chinese foreign investment. In 2019, while serving as a reporter at Al-Monitor, a global news organization covering the Middle East, Detsch won the exemplary media award from the Forum on the Arms Trade for his coverage of the Trump administration's policy toward Yemen, after his reporting revealed that the U.S. did not plan to provide Congress with a certification allowing American involvement in Yemen, and that the Pentagon had neglected deadlines to provide lawmakers with a U.S. strategy for the conflict. Detsch came to Washington after covering cybersecurity for the Christian Science Monitor and working at NPR-affiliated radio stations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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Lee Hudson is Pentagon editor for the Aviation Week Network, covering policy, strategy and acquisition at the Defense Department and in the halls of Congress. Prior to joining Aviation Week in 2018, Lee was at Inside Defense where she was chief editor for Inside the Navy. She has covered Navy and Marine Corps issues since 2011, reporting at the Pentagon, Capitol Hill, aboard warships and military facilities around the globe. Lee graduated with a B.A. in Mass Communication from Loyola University New Orleans.
Mike Stone leads Reuters' coverage of the business of war and its intersection with foreign and national security policy. Mike has written about missile defense, the U.S. and foreign governments weapons needs, and U.S. arms exports and related policy changes. Mike joined Reuters in 2014 to cover mergers and acquisitions in the natural resources and financial services sectors.
Oren Liebermann is a Pentagon correspondent with CNN. Newly arrived in Washington, Liebermann is responsible for covering major news stories involving the Department of Defense and national security. Liebermann joined the network in 2015 as its Jerusalem correspondent and spent nearly six years covering Israel and the Palestinian Territories. He has also reported in Russia, England, France, and Nepal. Liebermann has a degree in Business from the University of Virginia and a master's degree in Broadcast Journalism from Syracuse University. He lives near Washington, DC with his wife and two children.
Oriana Pawlyk is Military.com’s air warfare reporter covering everything from the latest personnel trends, aircraft, investigations, defense technology, to Air Force operations all over the world. Pawlyk is also an active member of the Pentagon Press Association. She received the American Legion Fourth Estate New Media Award in 2019 for her coverage on restrictive Air Force policies that prohibited pilots from using an HIV-preventative drug.
She previously covered air campaign operations in the Middle East and Europe, plus uniforms, cyber, Guard and Reserve duties, physical training and technology for Air Force Times. Pawlyk edited the Military Times Early Bird Brief newsletter in 2015, compiling the top national security stories driving the day. Pawlyk attended Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, where she received a bachelor’s in Journalism and English Literature.
An American Ukrainian from Chicago, she is bilingually proficient in Ukrainian, and grew up learning Ukrainian arts, culture, history and literature.
Pat Host is the Americas aviation reporter at Janes, where he has worked for 3.5 years. He covers military aircraft programs and commercial UAV issues in the western hemisphere. Pat previously spent 5.5 years covering US Air Force and commercial and civil space programs at Defense Daily. His first journalism job after college was as a sports reporter in Elkhart, Indiana. He briefly worked for the Washington Football Team after arriving in DC.
Satoru Fuse is the Washington bureau chief for the TV-Asahi Corporation. He previously worked as a political correspondent. Satoru has covered U.S. politics, the Japan-U.S. alliance, U.S.-China relations, and U.S.-DPRK nuclear negotiations.
Tara Copp is an award-winning national military and veterans affairs correspondent for McClatchy. She has reported extensively through the Middle East, Asia and Europe to cover defense policy and its impact on the lives of service members. She was previously the Pentagon bureau chief for Military Times and a senior defense analyst for the U.S. Government Accountability Office. She is the author of the award-winning book “The Warbird: Three Heroes. Two Wars. One Story.”
Yoso Furumoto is the Washington bureau chief for the Mainichi Newspaper. He has experience reporting in both Japan and the United States on national security and domestic politics. In the U.S., he reported from the Pentagon and traveled with the Secretary of Defense. In Japan, he covered security policies from the Prime Minister’s office, Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, and the National Security Bureau.
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