Sharon Weinberger – Defense Industry Investigative Journalism

It’s called a “hafnium bomb”, and it uses a new type of stimulated nuclear isomer technology so deadly that the Pentagon doesn’t want you to even know that it exists — and according to Sharon Weinberger, it doesn’t. In this interview, we join the former editor of Aviation Week’s Defense Technology International as she takes us on a journey through the Pentagon’s scientific underworld.

About Our Guest

Sharon Weinberger is the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy and a global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and the the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon’s Scientific Underworld (2006), and co-author of A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (2008).

Previously, she was the National Security Editor at The Intercept, where she directed the publication’s defense and intelligence coverage. She has also worked as a senior editor at Aviation Week and a co-founding writer and editor for Wired’s national security blog, Danger Room, and her writing has appeared in Nature, Discover,, Slate, Wired, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times, among other publications.

Sharon was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard in 2015–2016, and a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2008–2009. She has also been an International Reporting Project Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, an Alicia Patterson Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a Nation Institute Investigative Fellow, and a Carnegie Newhouse Legal Reporting Fellow.

Sharon received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and holds an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University.