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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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Taliban targets Kabul; US sends F-16s to Turkey; Arms sales resume to Bahrain; How to email DoD Silicon Valley; and a bit more.

August 10, 2015 Four Kabul attacks in as many days: A Taliban suicide car bomb killed five people and injured at least 16 injured at the entrance to Kabul International Airport on Monday. Four civilian and a police officer were among those dead and the airport was closed for several hours, the BBC...

Army Holds Huge Exercise To Show Off Lethality

August 7, 2015 FORT IRWIN, Calif. – As the setting sun paints the Mojave Desert mountains a striking red, six Abrams tanks roll toward an enemy stronghold, their massive treads kicking up billows of dust. Suddenly, red tracers whiz across the sky; then a tank’s cannon answers with a thunderous, heart-stopping blast. As...

Army Holds Massive Drill To Show Off Its Lethality

August 6, 2015 FORT IRWIN, Calif. – As the setting sun paints the Mojave Desert mountains a striking red, six Abrams tanks roll toward an enemy stronghold, their massive treads kicking up billows of dust. Suddenly, red tracers whiz across the sky; then a tank’s cannon answers with a thunderous, heart-stopping blast. As...

Pentagon Sends an Engineer and a Navy SEAL to Woo Silicon Valley

August 5, 2015 MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. – Less than five months since Defense Secretary Ash Carter announced that the Pentagon would open a Silicon Valley office, an engineer and a Navy SEAL are already working to persuade the government-weary tech community to partner with the military. Their new office, dubbed the Defense Innovation...

Marines: The F-35 is Ready for War

August 3, 2015 The Pentagon has declared the U.S. Marine Corps version of the F-35 joint strike fighter ready for war, seven years later than planned in 2001, when the U.S. launched its ambitious project to build a common warplane for the military and its closest allies. The battle-ready milestone marks the most...

US Marines Say F-35 is Ready for War

July 31, 2015 The Pentagon has declared the U.S. Marine Corps version of the F-35 joint strike fighter ready for war, seven years later than planned in 2001, when the U.S. launched its ambitious project to build a common warplane for the military and its closest allies. The battle-ready milestone marks the most...

Saudi Arabia Wants 600 Patriot Missiles in Response to the Iran Deal

July 29, 2015 Just two weeks after Western nations and Tehran struck a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, the Pentagon says Saudi Arabia wants to buy 600 new Patriot missile interceptors. The $5 billion-plus purchase is likely just the first of many more as America’s Middle Eastern allies arm themselves in response...

Saudi Arabia Responds to Iran Deal: Give Us 600 Patriot Missiles

July 29, 2015 Just two weeks after Western nations and Tehran struck a deal to limit Iran’s nuclear program, the Pentagon says Saudi Arabia wants to buy 600 new Patriot missile interceptors. The $5 billion-plus purchase is likely just the first of many more as America’s Middle Eastern allies arm themselves in response...

Britain Digs In Against ISIS, Russia

July 28, 2015 Great Britain, like its American ally, is reviewing the makeup of its military as it digs in for a long fight against the Islamic State and prepares to counter a resurgent Russia. The strategic defense and security review – the first since 2010 – is “refreshing our national risk assessment,”...

Turkey Opens Key Air Bases for US Strikes On ISIS

July 23, 2015 Turkey will open up Incirlik Air Force Base, about 250 miles from the Syrian city of Raqqa, to U.S. and coalition strike operations against the Islamic State, or ISIS, Pentagon and Obama administration officials confirmed. The move puts anti-ISIS aircraft, which had been flying some 1,200 miles to strike enemy...