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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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Army Chief Nominee Supports Arming Recruiters

July 22, 2015 If legal hurdles are removed, the general nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Army said he would support arming soldiers at recruiting stations. Gen. Mark Milley, the current head of Army Forces Command, spoke just days after the Pentagon ordered military recruiting centers across the country to step...

Prospective Army Chief Supports Arming Recruiters

July 21, 2015 If legal hurdles are removed, the general nominated by President Barack Obama to lead the Army said he would support arming soldiers at recruiting stations. Gen. Mark Milley, the current head of Army Forces Command, spoke just days after the Pentagon ordered military recruiting centers across the country to step...

Lockheed Snatched Up Sikorsky For a Steal

July 20, 2015 Why did nobody else want to buy helicopter-maker Sikorsky? The world’s largest defense company was just gifted an enormous moneymaker by its own competitors and for a steal, experts say — $9 billion for the Connecticut-based firm. But there’s more. Because of a tax loophole, Lockheed will get nearly $2...

Shake-Up Underway at Prominent Washington Think Tank

July 16, 2015 A major shake-up is under way at the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments, an elite Washington think tank that has seen a precipitous decline in Pentagon grant funding. Andrew Krepinevich, who has been president of CSBA since 1993, has begun telling colleagues and friends that he will retire from...

The Defense Department's IED Office Reinvents Itself For a New Era

July 14, 2015 The Pentagon’s counter-IED group, created a decade ago to counter roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, has a new name, a new organizational home, and a bigger mission. Born in 2006 as the Joint IED Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, the new Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, or JIDA, still tracks the...

Russia, Not ISIS, Greatest Threat to US, General Says

July 14, 2015 Russia is a greater threat to the U.S. mainland than the Islamic State militants who are capturing territory in Iraq and Syria, said Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, President Obama’s nominee to become America’s No. 2 military officer. This seemed to surprise several of the senators gathered for Selva’s confirmation...

Pentagon’s IED Office Reinvents Itself For A New War

July 13, 2015 The Pentagon’s counter-IED group, created a decade ago to counter roadside bombs in Iraq and Afghanistan, has a new name, a new organizational home, and a bigger mission. Born in 2006 as the Joint IED Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO, the new Joint Improvised-Threat Defeat Agency, or JIDA, still tracks the...

Defense Reconsidering Total F-35 Buy, Dunford Says

July 10, 2015 Much has changed about the Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter program in the past 13 years, but one thing has remained steady: the number of F-35s to be bought for the Air Force, Navy and Marines. All three variants have seen design tweaks, program managers have come and gone, and the...

Pentagon Reconsidering Total F-35 Buy, Dunford Says

July 9, 2015 Much has changed about the Pentagon’s Joint Strike Fighter program in the past 13 years, but one thing has remained steady: the number of F-35s to be bought for the Air Force, Navy and Marines. All three variants have seen design tweaks, program managers have come and gone, and the...

Pentagon Moves Money to Counter Russia

July 8, 2015 The Pentagon, through a number of largely classified actions, is quickly working to beef up military equipment to counter the Russian military, U.S. Defense Department documents show. Sent to Congress this month, the two documents asks permission to shift more than $4.8 billion in the current fiscal year’s budget. While...