Aaron Mehta is the Senior Pentagon Correspondent and Associate Editor for Defense News, covering policy, strategy and acquisition at the highest levels of the Defense Department. He previously covered the Air Force and aerospace industry for Defense News from October 2012 to April 2015, and before that spent four years at the Center for Public Integrity, a non-profit investigative news organization.
Over the course of his career, Mehta has interviewed dozens of top officials from the Pentagon, the defense industry and international partners. He has traveled abroad with the Secretary of Defense, conducted one-on-one meetings with defense ministers from the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland and Sweden, and had work featured on NPR, CNN and other outlets.
Among his professional recognitions, Mehta was selected for the Center for a New American Security’s 2017 Next Generation National Security Leaders fellowship, the National Press Foundation’s 2011 Paul Miller fellowship, and was named “Best Young Journalist” at the 2015 Aerospace Media Awards.
Mehta is a native of the Boston area and a graduate of Tufts University.