Defense News Bias and Reliability Overview

Defense News is an independent news source for the global defense community. Its magazine and website report on programs, policy, business and technology. Information also is shared via newsletters and on the weekly Defense News TV show. Founded in 1986, Defense News is part of the Sightline Media Group, owned by Regent. Based in Virginia, it reports from bureaus around the world. The website records approximately visits per month. Ad Fontes Media rates Defense News in the middle category of bias and as most reliable in terms of reliability.

Overall Score

A team of analysts at Ad Fontes Media regularly reviews articles and news programs to rate them in terms of bias and reliability. A weighted average of these ratings results in the overall score for the media source.

The bias rating, demonstrated on the Media Bias Chart®️ on the horizontal axis, ranges from most extreme left to neutral to most extreme right. The reliability rating, demonstrated on the chart’s vertical axis, rates sources on a scale from original fact reporting to analysis, opinion, propaganda and inaccurate/fabricated information.

The following are Defense News’ overall bias and reliability scores according to our Ad Fontes Media ratings methodology.

Reliability: 44.78

Bias: 2.80

Reliability scores for articles and shows are on a scale of 0-64. Scores above 24 are generally acceptable; scores above 32 are generally good.

Bias scores for articles and shows are on a scale of -42 to + 42, with higher negative scores being more left, higher positive scores being more right, and scores closer to zero being the most neutral and/or balanced.

Individual Article Scores

The following articles were reviewed by Ad Fontes Media analysts on the basis of reliability and bias. Each article was reviewed by at least three analysts: one conservative, one liberal and one moderate.

The team considers a variety of factors when rating a news article. To determine its reliability score, we consider the article’s veracity, expression, and its headline and graphics. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall reliability score.

To determine an article’s bias score, we consider its language, its political position and how it compares to other stories from other sources on the same topic. We add each of these scores to the chart on a sliding scale, with the average of those creating the article’s overall bias score.

Article URLBiasReliability
European Union awards grant to forge unmanned ground vehicle standard1.3347.33
UAE could get up to 50 F-35s in $10B sale-0.3346
Lockheed is developing a system to turn airlift planes into weapons trucks1.6745.5
Defense aerospace primes are raking in money for classified programs2.8345.5
US election drama ups the ante for Europe’s signature next-gen weapon2.6745.5
Lithuania signs deal for its first American military helicopters1.6745.5
US Air Force chief’s top modernization priorities aren’t what you think they are144
Aircraft makers sweeten their offers in high-stakes Swiss warplane race1.3344
House Democrats see political motive in Air Force decision to base C-130s in Georgia-0.6738
Stop the budgetary bleeding to get the Air Force we need3.3342.33
The US Air Force wants to buy a big robot to help with bomb disposal1.6747
The Air Force wanted to mothball over 100 planes. Here’s what Congress says it will permit.0.6746.33
These 3 companies will build prototypes for the Air Force’s Skyborg drone0.6747.33
Counterterrorism setback: ‘Armed Overwatch’ is stalled again5.6740
Artoo, take the wheel: U-2 spy plane flies for the first time with an AI co-pilot049
Russia is developing a helicopter drone to destroy other drones0.6746.67
Lockheed Martin buys Aerojet Rocketdyne in $4.4B deal1.3345.67
The military is scrambling to understand the aviation crash risk from a new 5G sale146
Britain has one last contract for its Sentinel spy planes: Breaking them up040.67
Ligado investors should be scared of its future13.6729
COVID-19 pandemic keeps Lockheed from meeting F-35 delivery goal in 2020048
US greenlights $4 billion attack helicopter sale to Kuwait050.67
Biden selects Hicks, Kahl for top Pentagon roles048
‘Race matters.’ Austin advocates tout his historic candidacy in the face of other concerns-5.6746.67