Jen Judson is the land warfare reporter at Defense News. Judson has been covering defense for over five years. Prior to joining Defense News, she was a defense reporter at Politico Pro and before that she covered Army aviation and missile defense at Inside Defense.com. While at Inside Defense, Judson broke the news on the Army’s controversial plan to retire its Kiowa Warrior helicopters and instead use Apache helicopters that would be taken from the National Guard. The controversy spurred from the service’s plans caused a congressionally mandated commission to review the future structure of the US Army. She won the National Press Club’s 2014 journalism award for best analytical reporting for her coverage. Judson began her reporting career in Boston, Mass., as a State House correspondent for the MetroWest Daily News covering the special election following the death of Sen. Ted Kennedy. She also covered city government for the Daily News Tribune in Waltham, Mass., and was a jack-of-all-trades reporter at the Norwood Transcript and Bulletin. Judson is a Denver, Colo., native. She holds a master of science degree in print journalism from Boston University and a bachelor of arts degree in history from Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.