Reporter covering the defense and space industries Education: Colby College, B.A., American Studies
Christian Davenport covers the defense and space industries for The Washington Post's Financial desk. He joined The Post in 2000 and has had an array of assignments, including covering the D.C.-area sniper shootings, the Abu Ghraib scandal, the Fort Hood shootings and the burial problems at Arlington National Cemetery.
Before joining the Financial staff, Christian was an editor on the Metro desk, overseeing coverage of local government and politics. He has also worked at Newsday, the Philadelphia Inquirer and the Austin American-Statesman and is the author of two books.
Honors & Awards:
Peabody Award, 2010. On teams that were finalists for the Pulitzer Prize in 2005, 2010 and 2011.
Books by Christian Davenport:
The Space Barons: Elon Musk, Jeff Bezos and the Quest to Colonize the Cosmos (PublicAffairs, April 2018)
The Air Force has accepted an order for new Boeing tankers, despite known flaws with the aircraft's design. The action comes amid increased scrutiny of acting defense secretary Patrick Shanahan, who formerly worked for Boeing.
While a Space Force would need congressional approval, President Trump could establish a command, which Vice President Pence said would be led by a four-star general and consolidate the 18,000 military and civilian personnel who work on national security issues in space.
As Virgin Galactic — the company founded by billionaire Richard Branson with a goal of taking tourists on suborbital trips high into the sky — prepares to eventually fly its first customers, the question remains: Where does space begin?