Defense One Names Bradley Peniston as Deputy Editor

Bradley Peniston has been named deputy editor of Defense One, announced executive editor Kevin Baron.

Bradley Peniston has been named deputy editor of Defense One, announced executive editor Kevin Baron.

Prior to joining Defense One, Peniston had been with Defense News for over a decade, and will now manage their editorial staff and oversee the direction of the publication’s news coverage and reporting assignments.

Below is Defense One’s press release announcing Peniston’s hiring:

“Executive Editor Kevin Baron announced today that veteran defense and national security journalist Bradley Peniston will join Defense One as deputy editor later this month. The addition comes during a time of growth for the publication.

“I’m thrilled Brad has decided to join Defense One,” said Baron. “His expertise and knowledge of issues from foreign policy to military life to the defense industry is invaluable. I can’t wait to see his deep experience put to work managing our daily news flow and helping t0 decipher and drive analysis on the biggest issues facing the national security, defense and military communities.”

Peniston comes to Defense One after more than a decade at Defense News, where as managing editor for product development, he helped oversee the relaunch of its website, mobile apps, and custom print publications. In 2011, while at Defense News, Peniston was named editor of Armed Forces Journal, America’s oldest military-themed publication, founded in 1863. During his tenure, AFJ was named one of the nation’s top-10 small magazines by the American Society of Business Press Editors; it also published an essay that won its author the Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling. Before that, in 2000, he helped launch Military.com.

As deputy editor of Defense One, Peniston will manage editorial staff and oversee the direction of the publication’s news coverage and reporting assignments. He will work closely with Baron to guide commentary and analysis on the site, and to develop and execute on Defense One’s editorial calendar.

The addition of Peniston to the Defense One editorial team rounds out six months of powerful new hires for the publication, including Senior Military Reporter Gordon Lubold and Global Business Reporter Marcus Weisgerber, both of whom joined last fall.

Peniston joins Defense One at a time of readership growth as well. In February, Defense One enjoyed a 40% increase in unique visits over the previous record traffic month of November 2014. Last month’s growth was driven in part by Technology Editor Patrick Tucker’s report on the Marine Corps’ development of “war balls,” or amphibious GuardBot drones, now the site’s top-viewed story of all time.”