Kris Osborn


Defense Systems

Kris started as Editor-in-Chief of Defense Systems in Oct, 2016, where he manages and generates original content for the publication. Defense Systems will cover IT developments, emerging technologies and the growing synergy between larger weapons platforms and computer technologies.

Before joining Defense Systems, Osborn was the Managing Editor of Scout Warrior in August of 2015. His role with included managing content on the Scout Warrior site and generating independently sourced original material. Scout Warrior is aimed at providing engaging, substantial military-specific content covering a range of key areas such as weapons, emerging or next-generation technologies and issues of relevance to the military.

Just prior to coming to Scout Warrior, Osborn served as an Associate Editor at the Before joining, Osborn worked at the Pentagon as a Highly Qualified Expert – Information Liaison for the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics and Technology. In his role with the Army, Osborn wrote about and analyzed Army acquisition programs and emerging technologies.

Prior to joining the Army and serving as a civilian, Osborn served as the land warfare reporter at Defense News. While at Defense News, Osborn reported on a range of topics including Future Combat Systems, MRAPs, precision munitions, robots, and more. He has appeared on MSNBC, Fox News and The Military Channel to discuss his stories.

Before joining Defense News, Osborn spent three weeks in 2004 embedded with the U.S. Army's 1st Infantry Division in Iraq, reporting from Tikrit, Baqubah and Baghdad as a freelance military reporter with the Washington Times.

From 2001 to 2004, Osborn was an on-air anchor, reporter, and military specialist with CNN/CNN Headline News, and wrote a weekly news column on about the War on Terror called "target terrorism." From 1998 to 2001, Osborn was a correspondent with the Fox News Channel, and from 1994 to 1998, Osborn worked as an anchor and reporter for Channel One News, an educational news program for high school students.

Osborn has done graduate work in international relations at the University of Chicago, received an M.A. in Comparative Literature from Columbia University, and earned a B.A. in Political Science and English from Kenyon College.

Connect with Kris on Twitter: @krisosbornko