Top Defense Blogs 2011

Contributor:  Chris Archer
Posted:  01/12/2012  12:00:00 AM EST
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IDGA is proud to announce the winners of the Top Defense Blogs 2011. Late last year we surveyed our members on who they routinely looked to for the latest defense, military and government news within the US and around the world. IDGA would like to thank our members who spoke up and nominated their favourite bloggers. We'd also like to acknowledge our friends at Defence IQ for their participation, contribution and assistance. We hope to continue the search for the best military blogs - feel free to send your nominations to Chris Archer, IDGA Editor via

Small Wars Journal Blog - SWJ Blog is a multi-author blog publishing news and commentary on the various goings on across the broad community of practice (they look for “authentic voices that add richness, breadth and depth to the dialog that too often occurs in cloistered venues”). Small Wars Journal Blog draws articles daily from a variety of trusted sources to generate discussion and commentary.

Danger Room – they define themselves as ‘What’s next in National Security’. This authentic blog is a highly intelligent and often colloquial look at issues from the edge of the military, law enforcement and national security.

Soldier Systems Daily is an industry daily, focused on tactical gear for the military as well as concentrating on hardcore Government and Industry news. The blog covers the tactical industry but there is a little bit of humor and risqué content thrown in for good measure. Soldier Systems Daily doesn't just report Government procurement awards nor parrot press releases from industry.  All information is weighed for its added value and paired with historical data to provide unmatched insight into the tactical industry

The Best Defense – a blog published by and Authored by Pulitzer Prize winning Thomas E Ricks , this blog is Serious without being pompous, and deep without being self-indulgent. Thomas Ricks writes expertly on  global politics, economics, and ideas for people who want to know what's really happening in an increasingly complicated world

Information Dissemination ‘intersection of maritime strategy and strategic communications’. The group of avid  writers routinely discuss the issues of piracy, defense strategy, budget, trade, international relations and more. The tone is highly intelligent, engaging, and often opinionated.

Blackfive is the alias of one of the contributing writers to the blog.  The other writers include Jim Hanson, The Laughing Wolf, Grim Beorn, and Pinch Paisley all of whom are veterans or currently serving . This is not your conventional hard news source blog as the writing is somewhat jaded and subjective. You could say  the tone is quirky and cutting. 

Top Blogger Badges

If your blog is featured above, you can have access to exclusive IDGA badges, which you can add to your blog, company website or email footer. If you are the author of a military blog and you would like it to be considered for IDGA's Best Blogger awards, please drop us a line at or leave a comment below

What do you think? We will be updating and reviewing our winners regularly - so what's your favorite defense blog? Email if you would like to nominate a blog, or post a comment below.

Chris Archer Contributor:   Chris Archer

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