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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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Boeing Launches Info War on the Navy’s F-35

April 2, 2017 The behind-the-scenes lobbying dogfight between American aerospace titans Boeing and Lockheed Martin reached new heights in recent weeks as both defense firms angled for tens of billions of dollars in fighter jet deals from the Trump administration. Now Chicago-based Boeing, which in recent years had backed off its efforts to...

Boeing Launches Info War on the Navy’s F-35

March 30, 2017 The behind-the-scenes lobbying dogfight between American aerospace titans Boeing and Lockheed Martin reached new heights in recent weeks as both defense firms angled for tens of billions of dollars in fighter jet deals from the Trump administration. Now Chicago-based Boeing, which in recent years had backed off its efforts to...

Defense stocks slide; A few surprises in Heritage’s budget recommendations; Boeing bomb production soars; and more.

March 30, 2017 Are defense stocks returning to earth? After rising 10 percent since November’s election, several big indexes saw eight straight days of declines earlier this month. It’s becoming clear that President Trump’s proposals to boost defense spending face more hurdles than many anticipated. Moreover, investors were rattled by the administration’s failed...

Foreign sales, offsets, and Trump; Missile defense pondered for Hawaii; Q&A with Lockheed’s top lobbyist; and more.

March 23, 2017 For defense industry watchers, the closest thing to a State of the Union address — at least for pomp and ceremony — might be the speech given by Lockheed Martin’s CEO at the firm’s annual media day. On Tuesday, Marillyn Hewson took the podium at the firm’s building in Arlington,...

Lockheed to Move F-16 Production to South Carolina

March 22, 2017 After building F-16 fighter jets for more than four decades in Texas, Lockheed Martin plans to move the production line to South Carolina, where it will build new versions of the venerable combat aircraft for U.S. allies. Lockheed will deliver the last F-16 from its Fort Worth factory in September,...

Lockheed to Move F-16 Production to South Carolina

March 22, 2017 After building F-16 fighter jets for more than four decades in Texas, Lockheed Martin plans to move the production line to South Carolina, where it will build new versions of the venerable combat aircraft for U.S. allies. Lockheed will deliver the last F-16 from its Fort Worth factory in September,...

Boeing Might Be the Biggest Winner in Trump’s Military Buildup

March 20, 2017 It’s been a good week for Boeing. On Wednesday, the firm received a five-year, $3.4 billion deal for 268 Apache attack helicopters. Then on Thursday morning, President Trump said he would nominate Patrick Shanahan, a top Boeing executive, to become deputy defense secretary. Later on Thursday, the White House said...

Boeing Might Be the Biggest Winner in Trump’s Military Buildup

March 17, 2017 It’s been a good week for Boeing. On Wednesday, the firm received a five-year, $3.4 billion deal for 268 Apache attack helicopters. Then on Thursday morning, President Trump said he would nominate Patrick Shanahan, a top Boeing executive, to become deputy defense secretary. Later on Thursday, the White House said...

Trump Picks ‘Mr. Fix-It’ to Run Daily Ops at Pentagon

March 17, 2017 Patrick Shanahan has been known to clean up troubled programs at Boeing. His portfolio is about to get much larger. That’s because President Trump on Thursday said he would nominate Shanahan — currently the senior vice president of supply chain and operations at the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant —...

Trump Picks ‘Mr. Fix-It’ to Run Daily Ops at Pentagon

March 16, 2017 Patrick Shanahan has been known to clean up troubled programs at Boeing. His portfolio is about to get much larger. That’s because President Trump on Thursday said he would nominate Shanahan — currently the senior vice president of supply chain and operations at the Chicago-based aerospace and defense giant —...