Bio

Sharon Weinberger is a senior reporter for Wired’s national security blog, Danger Room and the co-author of A Nuclear Family Vacation: Travels in the World of Atomic Weaponry (Bloomsbury, 2008). Most recently, she was the founding editor-in-chief of Defense Technology International, a monthly magazine published by McGraw Hill’s Aviation Week Group. She has also written on science and technology for the Washington Post Magazine, Slate, Nature, Discover, and Aviation Week & Space Technology.

Weinberger’s first book, Imaginary Weapons: A Journey Through the Pentagon’s Scientific Underworld (Nation Books, 2006), is an exploration of the military’s fascination with fringe science. Imaginary Weapons details the Pentagon’s attempt to build the isomer bomb, a hypothetical weapon based on a radioactive material called hafnium.

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 a number of reports 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.