Kate Brannen is a national security reporter and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. Her writing has appeared in The Daily Beast, Vice and Vocativ. Previously, she was a senior reporter covering the Pentagon for Foreign Policy, where she remains a contributor. Prior to joining Foreign Policy, Brannen was a defense reporter for Politico, also responsible for “Morning Defense,” Politico’s daily national security newsletter.
Before that, as the congressional reporter for Defense News, Brannen covered budget and defense policy debates on Capitol Hill. She spent three years covering the US Army — first as a reporter for InsideDefense.com, then as the land warfare correspondent for Defense News. She has discussed her reporting on 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.
She lives in New York City with her husband and their daughter.