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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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Trump, Erdogan and Raqqa; Mattis on Afghanistan; The ‘next big fight’ in Iraq; The future of counterterrorism; $1.3B in arms to Taiwan; And a bit more.

June 30, 2017 President Trump’s busy morning. The U.S. president likely just finished speaking to his Turkish counterpart right about now, if the White House is sticking to its schedule. That phone call takes place just hours after Trump’s envoy to the ISIS war, Brett McGurk, settled into Ankara this morning after a...

Congress marks Pentagon budget; Raytheon’s pitch for more missile interceptors; How Boeing will build a C-17 for India; and a bit more.

June 29, 2017 Covering the House Armed Services Committee’s annual National Defense Authorization Act markup is a right of passage for defense reporters. Before video streaming allowed us to monitor it live from anywhere with an Internet connection, reporters had to camp out all day and night (and usually into the next morning)...

ISIS caliphate in Iraq ‘has fallen’; Mattis says WH warning to Syria worked (for now); NATO’s plan to boost defense $pending; RoK’s Moon goes to Washington; And a bit more.

June 29, 2017 Iraq declares an end to the Islamic State’s caliphate. The announcement came this morning from the northern Iraqi city of Mosul, where an offensive has been ongoing for the last 255 days. "Their fictitious state has fallen," an Iraqi military spokesman, Brigadier General Yahya Rasool, told state TV. Too soon?...

WH warns Syria; Haley warns Russia, Iran; Dunford in Kabul; Franken-bots in Mosul; NDAA markup day; The strain of high op-tempo on military families; And a bit more.

June 27, 2017 Fightin’ words in Syria. The White House thinks Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s military may be preparing for another chemical weapons attack—and warned Assad would “pay a heavy price” if that happened again. From the White House’s statement late Monday: “The United States has identified potential preparations for another chemical weapons...

One Man, One Job: Win The Pentagon’s Next Big Contract

June 23, 2017 LE BOURGET, FRANCE — At the Paris Air Show this week, Bill Lynn, the very tall former deputy defense secretary from President Barack Obama’s first term, stood out among average-sized Italian and American businessmen. The Italians hired Lynn in 2012 to land big U.S. government contracts. Capturing the prized, multibillion-dollar...

Networking in Paris; F-35’s debut — and ungrounding; Russia sets aircraft goals; and a lot more.

June 22, 2017 Here’s the go-to small-talk question from just about everyone at the Paris Air Show this week: “Any news?” This year’s edition of the biennial event has lacked the typical flurry of announcements of major defense deals, program moves, and partnerships between companies. You may be asking why firms spent millions...

Global Demand for U.S. Weapons 'Busier Than Ever' in Trump Era, So Far

June 22, 2017 LE BOURGET, FRANCE — The shift in U.S. presidential administrations has not affected the world’s demand for American-made weapons, Pentagon officials and industry executives said at the Paris Air Show. “What I’m seeing is a global demand from our partners in air, space and cyberspace,” said Heidi Grant, who has...

What Is Oklahoma's Governor Doing at One of the World's Largest Air Shows?

June 21, 2017 LE BOURGET, France — The shift in U.S. presidential administrations has not affected the world’s demand for American-made weapons, Pentagon officials and industry executives said at the Paris Air Show. “What I’m seeing is a global demand from our partners in air, space and cyberspace,” said Heidi Grant, who has...

Global Demand for US Weapons 'Busier Than Ever' in Trump Era, So Far

June 21, 2017 LE BOURGET, FRANCE — The shift in U.S. presidential administrations has not affected the world’s demand for American-made weapons, Pentagon officials and industry executives said at the Paris Air Show. “What I’m seeing is a global demand from our partners in air, space and cyberspace,” said Heidi Grant, who has...

European Allies Want Used F-16s, But Are There Enough to Go Around?

June 19, 2017 LE BOURGET, FRANCE — American allies across Europe want used F-16 fighter jets, but there might not be enough planes to go around, U.S. Air Force officials say. “There’s a demand for excess F-16s out there from a lot of our European partners,” Heidi Grant, deputy undersecretary of the Air...