About Us

DefenceReport (DefRep as we lovingly refer to ourselves) got its start in the basement of a West London house in 2010. Some of us came from military backgrounds, some from marketing, others from journalism. What we all discovered was that too much of defence and frontline news was driven by advertisers – and that the kind of stories we felt mattered weren’t getting air time. We started small, carrying out our own investigations and moving on to analysis pieces.

And we carry on with that same mission today. Simply put, we love news – the more current and cutting edge, the better. We have moved from journalism and seeking out stories to analysis. As DefRep grew in notriety, it attracted unique analysts. These analysts have been involved with academic book projects and have been interviewed by various international media organizations.

Another unique trait about us – we have functioned entirely on volunteer graft. Our writers have gone on to work for CNN, al-Jazeera, CTV, Time Magazine, BBC and NATO. They love their work and they take pride in the finished product. We don’t think that’s any coincidence. As a news cooperative, we tend to think we keep our finger on the pulse of international news needs. In fact, our expertise has been sought out by al-Jazeera, CTV and al-Arabiya (to name a few).

We are moving towards providing advertising space to those who are interested. However, we stipulate that this will have no interference on the content that we publish.


Stewart Webb – Editor


Our staff

Stewart Webb – Editor

Stewart is the editor for DefenceReport. Stewart holds a MScEcon in Security Studies from Aberystwyth University and holds a BA in Political Science from Acadia University. His specialities include South Asian and Canadian defence issues. He has made frequent appearances on CTV National News, and other Canadian media outlets both radio and TV and has been involved in several book projects. Stewart can be contacted at swebb@defencereport.com

Chris Murray – Associate EditorChris Murray bio

Chris holds both a BA in Anthropology and an HBa in History from Lakehead University, Canada. He is currently pursuing a Masters degree in War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada. He specialises in irregular conflicts and asymmetrical warfare. His primary area of focus is the Caucasus, Eastern Europe, and the Balkans. Chris has served as an officer in the Royal Canadian Navy, as well as an advisor and analyst to the office of a Member of Canada’s federal Parliament. Chris can be contacted at cmurray@defencereport.com

Staff Analysts

sd 3162-006a Timo Mustonen is a former soldier turned academic. He has achieved a Masters in International politics with Intelligence and Strategic Studies from the Aberystwyth University in Wales and holds a Bachelor’s degree from the same university. Timo has worked his way through both public and private sectors all over European political sphere from governments to think tanks, consultancies and EU regional policy agencies. He currently works as an analyst for DefenceReport, as well as an analyst for a Finnish innovation consultancy on EU matters. Timo can be contacted at tmustonen@defencereport.com



Scott Nicholas Romaniuk is a Staff Analyst for DefenceReport and a PhD Candidate at the School of International Studies, University of Trento (Italy). His research focuses on asymmetric warfare, terrorism and counterterrorism, international security, and the use of force.

Alim Jiwa is an international public policy professional and commentator. His specialities are international conflict and peacebuilding and Canadian foreign policy. He holds a Master of Arts in Conflict Studies jointly awarded by the University of Ottawa and Saint Paul University and an Honours Bachelor of Public Affairs and Policy Management with a Specialization in International Studies from Carleton University’s Arthur Kroeger College of Public Affairs. He is currently based in Toronto, Canada and can be reached at ajiwa@defencereport.com


Robert Grayston – Marketing Coordinator

Robert is DefenceReport’s marketing coordinator. Whilst studying in Wales, academic modules on conflicts from recent history developed into an interest in current affairs and the defence industry in general. With a background in digital communication and marketing, Rob enjoys combining his interests and has also threatened to present a lay person’s opinion piece or three at the first available opportunity. Rob can be contacted at shard@live.co.uk.


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