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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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Under a B-52 with Gen. Goldfein; 11% cut to USAF budget request?; New Mideast arms-export numbers, and more…

October 19, 2017 At Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana this week, Gen. Dave Goldfein stepped under the wing of a B-52 bomber whose engine — one of eight on the aircraft — was built in 1964, just a few years after the Air Force chief of staff was born. An enlisted airman...

Top Defense CEO Blasts Washington Budget Gridlock

October 12, 2017 The Pentagon’s political leaders and generals have spent much of the past seven years decrying the defense budget cuts and uncertainty that they say put troops at risk. Just on Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the military’s top officers to talk to the media, in part to pressure lawmakers...

Vendors upgun for AUSA; How spies target US firms; Elbit's plans for growth; and more.

October 12, 2017 Since his return to the Pentagon on Jan. 20, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has pushed to make the U.S. military more lethal. From the looks of weapons on display at this week’s Association of the U.S. Army conference defense companies have heard that message loud and clear. Walking around the...

Top Defense CEO Blasts Washington Budget Gridlock

October 11, 2017 The Pentagon’s political leaders and generals have spent much of the past seven years decrying the defense budget cuts and uncertainty that they say put troops at risk. Just on Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the military’s top officers to talk to the media, in part to pressure lawmakers...

A New Social-Media Simulator Is Helping US Troops Train for Hybrid War

October 10, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. military is using a new simulator to prepare intelligence analysts and public affairs officers for the social-media front of future wars. A computer program by Cubic is helping to train these troops to sort through tweets, other social media posts, and real and fake news; figure out which...

A New Social-Media Simulator Is Helping US Troops Train for Hybrid War

October 9, 2017 The U.S. military is using a new simulator to prepare intelligence analysts and public affairs officers for the social-media front of future wars. A computer program by Cubic is helping to train these troops to sort through tweets, other social media posts, and real and fake news; figure out which...

With Iran Deal in Jeopardy, US Clears Missile Interceptor Sale to Saudi Arabia

October 6, 2017 The U.S. State Department on Friday cleared Saudi Arabia to buy 360 THAAD interceptors that would be used to defend against missiles fired at the kingdom by Iran. If the $15 billion sale goes through, it would be the largest export of the sophisticated missile defense system, which is built...

JUST IN: Boeing to buy drone-maker Aurora Flight Sciences; Some clues about the 2019 budget; Contracts, exports, and more...

October 5, 2017 There’s a wave a of mergers and acquisitions under way right now. Some are mega deals — like United Technologies’ plan to buy Rockwell Collins and Northrop Grumman’s plan to buy Orbital ATK. Others are smaller, the big guys snapping up startups. Boeing had made no secret that it was...

General Motors Wants to Disrupt the Military Truck Market

October 4, 2017 American automaker General Motors has produced a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered chassis that executives say could allow the U.S. military to move equipment and supplies around the battlefield more efficiently and safely. Called SURUS, for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, the vehicle resembles a flatbed truck trailer or even a railroad flatcar. Powered...

Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

September 29, 2017 As of Monday, the average American taxpayer will have paid nearly $7,500 to fund the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria since the 9/11 attacks, according to previously unreported Pentagon budget data sent to Congress this summer. This fiscal year, each U.S. taxpayers will pay about $289 for both wars,...