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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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General Says ISIS Is on the Defensive Amid Contrary Reports

May 15, 2015 The Pentagon says Islamic State, or ISIS, militants in Iraq are on the defensive even as new reports claim that the insurgent group has captured key territory in Ramadi, the capital of Anbar Province, 30 miles west of Baghdad. ISIS fighters, also derogatively called Daesh, are changing the way they...

China May Be Selling Armed Drones to Jordan

May 15, 2015 Jordan, one of America’s partners in the fight against the Islamic State, is reaching out to China to acquire armed drones — at least according to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif. “I am now aware that China is presently in Jordan to discuss operations, logistics and maintenance associated with the urgent...

Obama Nominates Former Afghanistan War Deputy To Lead Army

May 13, 2015 President Barack Obama will nominate Gen. Mark Milley, a soldier with a background steeped in Special Forces and infantry command, to lead the Army. If confirmed as the Army’s chief of staff, Milley would take over amid steep cuts to the size and budget of the Army. “He not only...

The Middle East Has Four Minutes To Act If Iran Fires a Missile

May 13, 2015 If Iran launches a ballistic missile at the Middle East, nuclear or not, Arab states would have as little as four minutes to act before impact. Ideally, the launch would be detected, the missile tracked during its flight by radar and its trajectory then passed to an interceptor missile, which...

Obama Nominates Nuclear Chief To Head Navy

May 13, 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama will nominate Adm. John Richardson, the head of the military’s nuclear-powered ship programs, to lead the Navy at a time when the sea service is struggling to find money to buy new submarines. If confirmed, Richardson would become the first head of the nuclear Navy to...

Who is Paul Selva, Obama's Vice Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Nominee?

May 8, 2015 Among officers of the same rank, Air Force Gen. Paul Selva seems to have always been the youngest guy in the room. Throughout his career, he has been among the first promoted “below the zone.” He was the youngest of his peers to achieve the rank of colonel, youngest operations...

U.S. Starts Training Moderate Syrian Rebels

May 8, 2015 The American military will support moderate Syrian rebels fighting against Islamic State militants, but it has not been decided how the U.S. will back them up if these fighters come into contact with troops loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. “We have not decided yet in detail how we would...

The Man Under the Flattop: Who is Paul Selva?

May 7, 2015 Among officers of the same rank, Air Force Gen. Paul Selva seems to have always been the youngest guy in the room. Throughout his career, he has been among the first promoted “below the zone.” He was the youngest of his peers to achieve the rank of colonel, youngest operations...

US Allies Cleared to Buy Arms Worth $3.5 Billion

May 5, 2015 The State Department has approved five arms deals worth nearly $3.5 billion for U.S. allies in the Middle East and Asia-Pacific, two regions of intense focus for the Pentagon. State OKed the sale of more than 1.2 million rounds of ammunition for mortars and other guns for the Iraqi Security...

Marine Commandant, Air Force Cargo Pilot Tapped to Lead Pentagon

May 4, 2015 President Barack Obama will tap Marine Corps Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff on Tuesday, a defense official confirmed late Monday. Obama will also nominate Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, the head of U.S. Transportation Command, to become the next vice chairman,...