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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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What Really Matters in Trump’s $110B Saudi Arms Package

May 22, 2017 U.S. and Saudi officials cobbled together a $110 billion arms package in just two weeks — lightspeed by government standards — so President Donald Trump could announce the deal last Saturday in Riyadh. Now government officials and defense firms are scrambling to understand what’s actually included in the package, what’s...

New Tactics, Quicker Decisions Are Helping to ‘Annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon Says

May 22, 2017 President Donald Trump’s new war plan for the Islamic State is working well, said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. In their first joint appearance since Trump took office, the Pentagon leaders characterized ISIS as a shadow of its former self and doomed to lose...

New Tactics, Quicker Decisions Are Helping to ‘Annihilate’ ISIS, Pentagon Says

May 19, 2017 President Donald Trump’s new war plan for the Islamic State is working well, said Defense Secretary Jim Mattis and Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford. In their first joint appearance since Trump took office, the Pentagon leaders characterized ISIS as a shadow of its former self and doomed to lose...

NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan

May 19, 2017 BRUSSELS — NATO’s military leaders are laying the groundwork to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to train local forces locked in fierce battles with militants. The move comes as alliance leaders shape and debate a multi-year plan to protect combat gains in those countries and eliminate...

NATO Laying Groundwork to Send More Troops To Iraq, Afghanistan

May 18, 2017 BRUSSELS — NATO’s military leaders are laying the groundwork to send thousands of additional troops to Afghanistan and Iraq to train local forces locked in fierce battles with militants. The move comes as alliance leaders shape and debate a multi-year plan to protect combat gains in those countries and eliminate...

Expect a Lot of Modernization Spending in the Next Few Years: Gen. Dunford

May 18, 2017 The Joint Chiefs have been particularly focused on military readiness of late, so with the Pentagon’s 2018 budget request set to come out next week, I asked Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford about it as we flew home from a NATO meeting in Brussels. “What we began last year, and what...

Joint Chiefs chairman talks 2018 budget. Big contracts to ship small packages. Lettre joins Lockheed. And more.

May 18, 2017 The Joint Chiefs have been particularly focused on military readiness of late, so with the Pentagon’s 2018 budget request set to come out next week, I asked Chairman Gen. Joseph Dunford about it as we flew home from a NATO meeting in Brussels. “What we began last year, and what...

The Pentagon’s New Algorithmic Warfare Cell Gets Its First Mission: Hunt ISIS

May 15, 2017 By year’s end, the Pentagon wants computers to be leading the hunt for Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, through turning countless hours of aerial surveillance video into actionable intelligence. It’s part of Project Maven, a fast-moving effort launched last month by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work to accelerate,...

The Pentagon’s New Algorithmic Warfare Cell Gets Its First Mission: Hunt ISIS

May 14, 2017 By year’s end, the Pentagon wants computers to be leading the hunt for Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, through turning countless hours of aerial surveillance video into actionable intelligence. It’s part of Project Maven, a fast-moving effort launched last month by Deputy Defense Secretary Bob Work to accelerate,...

Removing bureaucracy from acquisition; Boeing breaks Air Force One; Pentagon ups its intel request, and more.

May 11, 2017 A rare press briefing from Jerry DeMuro — president and CEO of BAE Systems, Inc., the American arm of the British defense firm — provided a glimpse into his plans for growth, a few of the firm’s projects, and even some DoD acquisition-policy changes that might be in the works....