Defence IQ recently announced its 2012 blogging awards and the recipients represent some of the top thinkers in the defense industry. This is the second time that the popular online magazine has crowned its picks for the best blogs in national defense.
Honors were given in six categories this year, with top prizes going to sites run by a former Libyan prisoner of war, an Indian defense and military correspondent, and an airman in the British Royal Air Force, among others. We recommend checking them out:
Category: Counter Terrorism
Winner: The Freedom Fighter Blog
What the panel said: "Everything a blog should be: informative, interesting, well written, thoughtful and occasionally provocative. Van Dyke declared "the 21st century is the century of freedom" - he's fighting for it with both pen and sword."
Category: Defence Industry
Winner: RAF Airman
What the panel said: "It's impossible not to like this blog. Thoughtful, intelligent, personal, frank, moving. Well written too. Like a public diary: the kind of communicating that only blogging makes possible."
Category: Maritime Security
Winner: Daly History Blog
What the panel said: "The Daly History Blog balances military maritime astuteness and historical reverence with a keen academic rigor. We really enjoy reading the blog here at Defence IQ and think it a worthy winner. Not to mention the fact it's updated daily (honestly, it is, that's not just a pun)."
Category: Information Operations
Winner: Small Wars Journal
What the panel said: "Small Wars Journal is informed but not overly-technical, and comes across as unbiased which appeals instantly. The blog provides a range of information from the macro to the micro issues which is important to readers in the information operations community."
Category: Regional Defence
What the panel said: "Livefist quite simply stands out in a crowded sector of Indian-focused blogs. It breaks the mold providing up to date and informative views on the Indian Defence Sector which other Indian blogs sometimes overlook."
Category: Cyber Security
What the panel said: "CWZ has a genuinely impressive breadth of content, and a good editorial style which provides commentary and opinion on subjects without straying too far from the central event/news that is founding the blog."
A list of last year's winners is also available on the site.
What are your must-read national defense blogs? Let us know at @MicrosoftPSNS.