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Marcus Weisgerber

Marcus Weisgerber is the global business editor for Defense One, where he writes about the intersection of business and national security. He has been covering defense and national security issues for more than a decade, previously as Pentagon correspondent for Defense News and chief editor of Inside the Air Force. He has reported from Afghanistan, the Middle East, Europe, and Asia, and often travels with the defense secretary and other senior military officials.
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Why defense firms stayed silent after Charlottesville; Making weapons do more; Lockheed gets huge SOCOM deal. And more.

August 17, 2017 Will the leaders of some of the nation’s top defense firms quit President Trump’s manufacturing council? That was the question I got all week after the president’s Saturday statement that “many sides” were to blame for the violence at the previous day’s white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va. The question...

Here’s How the US Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

August 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow It’s tough for humans to spot explosives and other signs that deadly roadside bombs may lie ahead, but the Pentagon’s lead IED-hunters think computers might be able to help, using the same kind of technology being developed to sift through hours of drone video. Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, who leads...

Defense stocks soar as Trump, North Korea trade threats; Light-attack fly-off in the desert; Arms exports head toward a new record.

August 10, 2017 On Tuesday, U.S. intelligence analysts said North Korea had built a miniaturized nuclear weapon that could ride atop an ICBM. Soon after, President Donald Trump threatened Pyongyang with “fire and fury." The next day, defense stocks soared. The stock market as a whole is up recently, but on Wednesday, markets...

Here’s How the Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

August 10, 2017 It’s tough for humans to spot explosives and other signs that deadly roadside bombs may lie ahead, but the Pentagon’s lead IED-hunters think computers might be able to help, using the same kind of technology being developed to sift through hours of drone video. Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, who leads...

Here’s How the US Military Wants to Counter ISIS Drones and Roadside Bombs

August 8, 2017 It’s tough for humans to spot explosives and other signs that deadly roadside bombs may lie ahead, but the Pentagon’s lead IED-hunters think computers might be able to help, using the same kind of technology being developed to sift through hours of drone video. Lt. Gen. Michael Shields, who leads...

More on that Air Force One deal, New DepSecDef speaks out, Lockheed building satellite plant, and more...

August 3, 2017 The U.S. Air Force’s much-discussed plan to buy a pair of Boeing 747s abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline makes for pretty poor optics, given the...let’s call it...increased focus on Russia-Trump connections these days. But from a business standpoint, it’s not a bad idea. Last year, when then-President-elect Trump tweeted...

Here Are the Jets That May Become Air Force One

August 2, 2017 Under pressure from President Donald Trump to cut the cost of the next Air Force Ones, the U.S. Air Force is finalizing a deal with Boeing to purchase two undelivered 747s in storage in the Mojave desert. As Defense One first reported yesterday: The 747s that will be transformed for...

Trump Wanted a Cheaper Air Force One. So the USAF Is Buying a Bankrupt Russian Firm’s Undelivered 747s

August 1, 2017 President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. Air Force officials are now finalizing a contract with...

Trump Wanted a Cheaper Air Force One. So the USAF Is Buying a Bankrupt Russian Firm’s Undelivered 747s

August 1, 2017 President Donald Trump said the projected cost of new Air Force One aircraft was too high, so the U.S. Air Force found a way to lower it: by buying a pair of Boeing 747 jetliners abandoned by a bankrupt Russian airline. Air Force officials are now finalizing a contract with...

Classified projects fuel Northrop growth; Pentagon craves artificial intelligence; Crunching budget numbers and a lot more.

July 27, 2017 Work on classified programs helped boost Northrop Grumman’s second-quarter earnings. It’s believed a sizable portion of the work was on the Air Force’s B-21 stealth bomber, but company executives can’t talk about it. And the number of classified projects appears on the rise. “As we go forward and we see...