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)
NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine stopped by SpaceX’s headquarters here Thursday. He toured the factory with SpaceX founder Elon Musk, took a spin in a spacecraft simulator, then met with the media afterward, smiling for the cameras. But this was no social visit.
On a spit of Texas land past the Border Patrol checkpoint, where the Rio Grande meets the Gulf of Mexico, there is a spaceship being assembled off State Highway 4 just before it dead-ends into the sea. But not everyone is cheering.
President Trump on Thursday took a key step toward reorganizing the nation’s armed forces to focus more on the threats posed in space, formally establishing the United States Space Command, the first new combatant command created in a decade.