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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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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....

Unprecedented: US Air Force Will Let a Defense Company Pick Its Next Jamming Plane

May 9, 2017 The U.S. Air Force plans to allow a defense company to pick its new electronic-attack jet, an unprecedented move that just might herald the end of an era for the most prominent maker of large intelligence aircraft. Some industry executives and watchdogs said this cedes an inherent military function to...

State Department Greenlights Nearly $5B in Arms Exports

May 4, 2017 Between March and May, the Trump administration approved nearly $5 billion in arms deals to U.S. allies, according to the Pentagon and State Department. Here's a summary (date approved / value / contractors): 12 MD-530 attack helicopters with machine guns and rockets for Kenya to fight al Shabaab. (May 2...

Defense firms score in budget deal, Trump approves $5B in arms exports, Huntington Ingalls earnings dip, and more.

May 4, 2017 Mark down an early, if modest win for the military services and defense firms. Fourteen months ago, the Obama administration’s 2017 budget request proposed to cut funding for buying new weapons by nearly 6 percent. Instead, Congress this week agreed a $593 billion defense-spending deal that will boost arms spending...

State Department Greenlights Nearly $5B in Arms Exports

May 4, 2017 Between March and May, the Trump administration approved nearly $5 billion in arms deals to U.S. allies, according to the Pentagon and State Department. Here's a summary (date approved / value / contractors): 12 MD-530 attack helicopters with machine guns and rockets for Kenya to fight al Shabaab. (May 2...

Defense Firms Score in 2017 Budget Deal

May 4, 2017 Mark down an early, if modest win for the military services and defense firms. Fourteen months ago, the Obama administration’s 2017 budget request proposed to cut funding for buying new weapons by nearly 6 percent. Instead, Congress this week agreed a $593 billion defense-spending deal that will boost arms spending...

Interesting finds in earnings reports; More details about US bomb shortage; Boeing loves Capitals hockey, and more.

April 27, 2017 Springtime. The weather is improving, baseball is back, and the NHL playoffs start to heat up — but more on that later. For now, let’s check on some major defense firms’ first-quarter earnings, the first reported since Donald Trump moved into the White House. Among the items of interest: Lockheed...

Defense Industry Bulls Are Turning Bearish

April 25, 2017 Last November, executives from America's largest defense companies lauded the election of Donald Trump, whom they believed might help end the legislative caps on Pentagon spending. Five months later — nearly 100 days into Trump’s presidency — executives are tamping down those bullish military-spending expectations, and some are even re-upping...

Mattis in Israel; US pitches Saudis a plan to reduce CIVCAS in Yemen; How Syria’s war has been good North Korea; China’s AF on high alert; ISIS’s ‘last fortress’; And a bit more.

April 21, 2017 Fresh off visits to Saudi Arabia and Egypt, Defense Secretary James Mattis met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Tel Aviv today. Defense One Executive Editor Kevin Baron, who is traveling with Mattis, was there. What did the Israeli leader have to say about U.S. President Donald Trump? “I...