Sharon Weinberger is a national security writer focusing on science and technology issues and a 2011 Alicia Patterson Foundation Fellow, reporting on "War 2.0," the Pentagon investment in social network analysis. She is also a regular contributor on national security for AOL News.
She was a fall 2009 International Reporting Project fellow at the Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies (SAIS), looking at nuclear smuggling. During 2008-2009, she was a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT and a Carnegie Newhouse Legal Reporting Fellow. As a reporter for Wired's national security blog, Danger Room, she writes regularly on the Pentagon, military technology, and defense policy issues. She is the author of Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon's Scientific Underworld (Nation Books, 2006) and co-author of A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (Bloomsbury, 2008). She was the founding editor-in-chief of Defense Technology International, a monthly magazine published by McGraw Hill's Aviation Week Group. Her writing on science and technology has also appeared in the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Nature, Discover, Financial Times, and Aviation Week & Space Technology, among other publications.
Prior to her career in journalism, Weinberger worked as a defense analyst for System Planning Corporation (SPC), a research organization focused on national security. While at SPC, Weinberger wrote reports and policy analysis for the Pentagon on subjects ranging from arms export policy to the Department of Defense laboratory system. She also co-authored Toward a Fortress Europe, a study published in 2000 by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.
She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University in 1992, and was elected to Phi Beta Kappa. She holds an M.A. in International Affairs 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