USA — Defense Media Activity Launches Podcast Widget

WASHINGTON — The Pen­ta­gon Chan­nel, the Defense’s Department’s broad­cast vehi­cle for the lat­est Defense Depart­ment news, has unveiled its lat­est “wid­get” for pod­casts. Avail­able under the Wid­gets tab on, the wid­get allows users to receive the lat­est Defense Depart­ment pod­casts on their own Web sites or social net­work­ing pages by cut­ting and past­ing a short line of code.

The Pen­ta­gon Chan­nel is part of Defense Media Activ­i­ty, which has pro­duced two pre­vi­ous wid­gets — one for Amer­i­can Forces Press Ser­vice news arti­cles and anoth­er for Defense Depart­ment pho­tog­ra­phy – which also are avail­able by click­ing on’s Wid­gets tab.

The lat­est wid­get fea­tures nine dif­fer­ent pod­casts, rang­ing from “This Week in the Pen­ta­gon” to audio ver­sions of Amer­i­can Forces Press Ser­vice arti­cles. The pod­casts wid­get is the lat­est step in facil­i­tat­ing access to the lat­est news and infor­ma­tion from the Defense Depart­ment, Defense Media Activ­i­ty and oth­er mil­i­tary assets sta­tioned around the globe, DMA offi­cials said.

“This wid­get is anoth­er tool in our tool box to com­mu­ni­cate the Defense Department’s news and infor­ma­tion,” said Bri­an Natwick, Pen­ta­gon Chan­nel gen­er­al man­ag­er.

The Pen­ta­gon Chan­nel, the Depart­ment of Defense’s satel­lite tele­vi­sion chan­nel, broad­casts mil­i­tary news and infor­ma­tion for and about the 2.6 mil­lion mem­bers of the U.S. armed forces — active duty, Nation­al Guard and reserves — 24 hours a day, sev­en days a week.

Pen­ta­gon Chan­nel pro­gram­ming is streamed live at, where video on demand and both audio and video pod­casts also are avail­able.

“We are try­ing to com­mu­ni­cate to our audi­ence, all age groups, and actu­al­ly engage with them in the spaces they are vis­it­ing, shar­ing and dis­cussing,” Natwick said. “We want to just have a con­ver­sa­tion. We want to add to that con­ver­sa­tion, and believe these tools help us to do so.”

U.S. Depart­ment of Defense
Office of the Assis­tant Sec­re­tary of Defense (Pub­lic Affairs)