Sharon Weinberger

Sharon Weinberger is the executive editor for news at Foreign Policy magazine.

Previously, she was the National Security Editor at The Intercept, where she directed the publication’s defense and intelligence coverage. Her most recent book, published in March, is The Imagineers of War: The Untold Story of DARPA, the Pentagon Agency That Changed the World (Knopf, 2017). She was a Radcliffe Institute Fellow at Harvard in 2015-2016, a Knight Science Journalism Fellow at MIT in 2008-2009, and she is currently a non-resident global fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars. She has also been an International Reporting Project Fellow at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies, an Alicia Patterson Fellow, a Carnegie Fellow at Northwestern University’s Medill School of Journalism, a Nation Institute Investigative Fellow, and a Carnegie Newhouse Legal Reporting Fellow. She received her B.A. from Johns Hopkins University, and holds an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh’s Graduate School of Public and International Affairs and an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale University. Her writing has appeared in Nature, Discover,, Slate, Wired, the Washington Post, Foreign Policy, and the Financial Times, among other publications. She was previously a senior editor at Aviation Week and a co-founding writer and editor for Wired’s national security blog, Danger Room.


The Imagineers of War (2017)
A history of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, one of the secretive divisions of the Pentagon. Nature magazine calls it a „fascinating and absorbing history… Weinberger’s account, based on extensive and meticulous research, reveals surprising twists in the recent history of the age-old entanglement between knowledge and power“.

A Nuclear Family Vacation (2008)
According to the Financial Times one of the ten scientific books of the year. An engrossing excursion into the secretive world of nuclear weapons, a kaleidoscopic portrait of the atomic era from Los Alamos to Iran.

Imaginary Weapons (2006)
A wild ride through the hidden underworld of American official science. About the development of weapons at the Pentagon, founded on dubious experiments and implemented despite the objections of scientists.