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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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Can One Single Service Control All Military Drones?

August 25, 2015 A decade ago, as the U.S. military scrambled to gear up for unexpectedly lengthy wars, the Air Force declared that it should oversee all Pentagon drones that flew higher than 3,500 feet. Its argument was simple: these new weapons were being developed and purchased in tremendous quantity and significant diversity....

Should One US Service Rule the Military’s Drones?

August 24, 2015 A decade ago, as the U.S. military scrambled to gear up for unexpectedly lengthy wars, the Air Force declared that it should oversee all Pentagon drones that flew higher than 3,500 feet. Its argument was simple: these new weapons were being developed and purchased in tremendous quantity and significant diversity....

Remember the Pentagon’s Pacific Pivot? It’s Still On

August 21, 2015 The U.S. will continue sending new weapons and equipment to the Asia-Pacific region to counter China, U.S. Defense Department officials say. And in a new strategy document, the Pentagon said it would continue ignoring Beijing’s claims that reclaimed land in the South China Sea constituted sovereign territory. Earlier this month,...

Pentagon Pressures Turkey to Strike ISIS, Tighten Border

August 20, 2015 Ankara has “agreed in principle” to participate in the U.S.-led air campaign against Islamic State militants — a step that is welcome, overdue, and insufficient, Defense Secretary Ashton Carter said during a news briefing at the Pentagon Thursday. Carter said Turkey also needs to stop ISIS fighters and equipment from...

ISIS may have chemical weapons; How SecDef picked his team; Jeb won’t rule out waterboarding; What to show the Chinese delegation on your base; and a bit more.

August 14, 2015 ISIS may have used chemical weapons. Islamic State militants “likely” used mustard agent against Kurdish forces in Iraq this week, senior U.S. officials told the Wall Street Journal’s Adam Entous. American officials are now investigating how these banned weapons may have reached the battlefield. Entous: “The use of mustard agent...

Carter Crafts Close Team of Chiefs to Finish Out Obama Years

August 13, 2015 With a background that includes infantry command and Special Forces, Gen. Mark Milley on Friday will become 39th Army chief, taking over for Gen. Raymond Odierno, perhaps the most outspoken military general in recent years. Milley is more than qualified for the job. But the personal bond he formed with...

Outgoing Army Chief of Staff Wades Into GOP War Over Iraq War

August 13, 2015 Gen. Ray Odierno, the U.S. Army’s top officer, pushed back on the Iraq War blame game that has dominated the GOP 2016 presidential campaign trail, saying that the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 was the Bush administration’s plan all along. Odierno, formerly the senior U.S. general in Iraq,...

Deadly day in Iraq; F-16s strike from Turkey; Odierno’s last presser; SpecOps helo crashes on ship; and a bit more.

August 13, 2015 Deadly day in Iraq. A powerful truck bomb tore through a civilian market in Baghdad’s Sadr City, killing at least 59 people in the predominantly Shia district, the BBC reports: “Thursday’s bomb attack in Sadr City was one of the deadliest in the capital since Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi took...

Odierno Wades Into GOP Battle Over Iraq War

August 12, 2015 Gen. Ray Odierno, the U.S. Army’s top officer, pushed back on the Iraq War blame game that has dominated the GOP 2016 presidential campaign trail, saying that the U.S. military’s withdrawal from Iraq in 2011 was the Bush administration’s plan all along. Odierno, formerly the senior U.S. general in Iraq,...

Pentagon wants another base in Turkey; Odierno’s last week; Drone operators behaving badly; Russia wants nuclear aircraft carrier; and a bit more.

August 11, 2015 The Pentagon has a new Syrian proxy force, and it’s not the moderate fighters expensively trained by the U.S. military. Instead, the Pentagon is supporting Syrian Kurdish militia fighters, known as the Popular Protection Units or YPG. The Daily Beast’s Nancy Youssef with the scoop: “The Obama administration publicly is...