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Marcus Weisgerber

Global Business Editor 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 Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

March 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the military service — and a concept that his leaders at the Pentagon oppose. Air Force leaders, who oversee the bulk of the military’s satellites and launches, spent the last year fighting...

Pentagon Tells Leaders to Talk More With Contractors — and Less to the Public and Press

March 14, 2018 Even as Pentagon leaders restrain military officials' contacts with the public and the press, they are pushing for more engagement with defense contractors. On March 1, U.S. Air Force leaders suspended all interviews, embeds, and base visits for media organizations “until further notice.” The following day, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick...

Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

March 14, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the military service — and a concept that his leaders at the Pentagon oppose. Air Force leaders, who oversee the bulk of the military’s satellites and launches, spent the last year fighting...

Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

March 13, 2018 U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the military service — and a concept that his leaders at the Pentagon oppose. Air Force leaders, who oversee the bulk of the military’s satellites and launches, spent the last year fighting...

How Much Do America’s Arms Makers Depend on Foreign Metal? No One Seems to Know

March 12, 2018 No one knows how the U.S. military and its weapons suppliers will be affected by President Trump’s surprise tariffs on imported steel and aluminum, because no one seems to know how much foreign metal is in America’s weapons. “I’ve asked because I’m interested,” Lockheed Martin CFO Bruce Tanner said March...

Undersecretary Griffin debuts with guns blazing; One-on-one with Lockheed CFO; Uncertainty for Marinette shipyard and more.

March 8, 2018 Move over, Jim Mattis. There’s a new tough talker in the Pentagon. Mike Griffin, the first defense undersecretary for research and engineering, has been on the job less than two weeks, but already he’s made three things abundantly clear: He’s the boss. He demands results. And he’s throwing out the...

Pentagon May Create a Combatant Command for Space

March 7, 2018 The Pentagon is considering creating a combatant command for space warfare, the latest step by the Defense Department to respond to Chinese and Russian militarization high above Earth. The move — one of several under consideration — is mentioned in a new Pentagon report sent to Congress last week. Right...

Pentagon May Create a Combatant Command for Space

March 7, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is considering creating a combatant command for space warfare, the latest step by the Defense Department to respond to Chinese and Russian militarization high above Earth. The move — one of several under consideration — is mentioned in a new Pentagon report sent to Congress last week. Right...

Pentagon May Create a Combatant Command for Space

March 6, 2018 The Pentagon is considering creating a combatant command for space warfare, the latest step by the Defense Department to respond to Chinese and Russian militarization high above Earth. The move — one of several under consideration — is mentioned in a new Pentagon report sent to Congress last week. Right...

Lockheed: Pentagon Negotiators Are Becoming More Unpredictable

March 6, 2018 Pentagon negotiators have in recent months become more unpredictable and willing to ignore precedent, Lockheed Martin’s CFO said Monday. The seemingly new approach has slowed down talks on the latest batch of F-35 fighter jets and even on other weapons and gear that the U.S. Defense Department has been buying...