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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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Pentagon Delays Deadline For Military Suppliers to Meet Cybersecurity Rules

December 14, 2017 The Pentagon will delay a Jan. 1 deadline for all of its suppliers to meet a set of new regulations largely designed to better protect sensitive military data and weapon blueprints. By year’s end, companies must instead merely show that they have a plan in place to meet the regulations,...

Trump’s AF1 & F-35 tweets, one year on. Canada-Boeing feud deepens. Global arms sales rise, and more.

December 14, 2017 Remember when then-President-elect Donald Trump threw shade at a new Air Force One and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter? A year ago, those tweets had defense firms “shaking in their boots,” as I said at the time. So how have Boeing and Lockheed stocks responded since then? On Dec. 6,...

Pentagon Delays Deadline For Military Suppliers to Meet Cybersecurity Rules

December 14, 2017 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon will delay a Jan. 1 deadline for all of its suppliers to meet a set of new regulations largely designed to better protect sensitive military data and weapon blueprints. By year’s end, companies must instead merely show that they have a plan in place to meet the regulations,...

Pentagon Delays Deadline For Military Suppliers to Meet Cybersecurity Rules

December 13, 2017 Updated with comment from Pentagon spokesman. The Pentagon will delay a Jan. 1 deadline for all of its suppliers to meet a set of new regulations largely designed to better protect sensitive military data and weapon blueprints. By year’s end, companies must instead merely show that they have a plan...

Subway blast in NYC; North Korea’s emerging biothreat; China ups its spy game; US seeks loitering kamizake drones; and just a bit more…

December 11, 2017 Bomb explodes near New York bus terminal: The explosion happened around 7:45 a.m. in a New York Subway pedestrian tunnel below 8th Avenue, near the Port Authority bus terminal. The suspect was found with wires attached to his body, according to multiple reports. Surveillance video shows white smoke filling the...

US Averts Government Shutdown, For Now. But the Potential Harm and Waste Is Growing.

December 8, 2017 Congress passed a temporary spending measure on Thursday night that will keep the U.S. government running for the next two weeks while lawmakers attempt to pass a yearlong budget. But until that budget is signed by President Trump, the military cannot change how it spends its money. It must spend...

Reagan Forum recap; Government shutdown looms; Lots from Ellen Lord, and lots more...

December 7, 2017 The Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley is a great place to take the temperature of the national defense community; it’s the best place to get easy access to top defense officials, CEO, lawmakers, congressional staff, lobbyists, equity analysts, consultants, and think tankers. Last year, much of the talk...

Boeing May Lose Canada’s Super Hornet Order, Yet Jet’s Outlook is Bright

December 5, 2017 If Canada scraps its planned $5.2 billion purchase of new F/A-18E/F Super Hornets and buys used Australian fighter jets instead, it will be a blow to Boeing and the Trump administration. Yet the outlook for the American-made warplane has brightened this year. Citing three sources “familiar with the matter,” Reuters...

Preaching from the Choir: Conservatives, Defense Execs Beg Trump to Challenge Russia, Make Budget Deal

December 5, 2017 SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. — Propose a defense-spending hike at the Reagan National Defense Forum, and you’ll draw nods of approval from the lawmakers, defense executives, Wall Street bankers, consultants, and lobbyists who have gathered here annually for five years to talk about ways to strengthen the military. It’s a bit...

Preaching from the Choir: Conservatives, Defense Execs Beg Trump to Challenge Russia, Make Budget Deal

December 4, 2017 SIMI VALLEY, CALIF. — Propose a defense-spending hike at the Reagan National Defense Forum, and you’ll draw nods of approval from the lawmakers, defense executives, Wall Street bankers, consultants, and lobbyists who have gathered here annually for five years to talk about ways to strengthen the military. It’s a bit...