Kate Brannen

Editorial Director, 2016-2021

Kate Brannen (@K8brannen) was the editorial director of Just Security 2016-2021. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Washington Post, Foreign Policy (FP), The Guardian,  The Daily BeastSlate, USA Today, Newsweek, and Vice. Previously, she was a senior reporter covering the Pentagon for FP. Before that, Brannen was a defense reporter for POLITICO, where she was also responsible for “Morning Defense,” POLITICO‘s daily national security newsletter.

Brannen has also covered budget and defense policy debates on Capitol Hill as the congressional reporter for Defense News. She spent three years covering the U.S. Army — first as a reporter for InsideDefense.com, then as the land warfare correspondent for Defense News. She has discussed her reporting on CNN; MSNBC; NPR’s All Things Considered, On Point, and The Diane Rehm Show; and PRI’s To the Point.

Brannen graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelor’s degree in history. She has master’s degrees from Columbia University’s Graduate School of Journalism and School of International and Public Affairs.

Articles by this author:

New Just Security Series: Reflections on Afghanistan on the Eve of Withdrawal


Jun 30th, 2021

Introducing a Symposium on the UN Global Counterterrorism Strategy

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Jun 14th, 2021

Getting to the Bottom of Jan. 6 Is Proving Too Difficult for Congress


May 13th, 2021

The Official and Unofficial Timeline of Defense Department Actions on January 6

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May 11th, 2021

Investigating Jan. 6 — Key Unanswered Questions for Congress and Media to Ask

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May 11th, 2021

Early Edition: April 16, 2021


Apr 16th, 2021

Early Edition: April 15, 2021


Apr 15th, 2021

Early Edition: April 1, 2021


Apr 1st, 2021

Early Edition: March 31, 2021


Mar 31st, 2021

Early Edition: March 30, 2021


Mar 30th, 2021

The Early Edition: March 3, 2021


Mar 3rd, 2021

The Early Edition: March 2, 2021


Mar 2nd, 2021

Early Edition: February 17, 2021


Feb 17th, 2021

Early Edition: February 16, 2021


Feb 16th, 2021

Early Edition: February 1, 2021


Feb 1st, 2021

What Should Be Addressed in Austin’s Confirmation Hearing for Defense Secretary?


Jan 19th, 2021

Early Edition: January 12, 2021


Jan 12th, 2021

Q&A with Steve Vladeck and Rolf Mowatt Larssen on Democracy, Insurrection, and Where We Go From Here


Jan 8th, 2021

Early Edition: November 13, 2020


Nov 13th, 2020

Turning the Page: A Biden Presidency and the Role for Us

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Nov 7th, 2020

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