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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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Operation Outreach

July 8, 2015 The Pentagon has a thing for Silicon Valley. Much of the courtship is focused on wooing commercial technology firms to partner with the military on defense projects. But the real attraction for a core group of top defense leaders—some of whom have spent their careers bouncing between government and industry—isn’t...

Beyond GPS

July 8, 2015 Air Force pilots streaked through the sky during a recent war game, bearing down on an enemy stronghold, until they realized their target was heavily defended by the invisible radio waves of a GPS jammer. The realization was a mission stopper. Such devices can cause bombs to miss their targets,...

Obama: ‘Effective Partner’ on the Ground Can Help Push Back ISIS

July 7, 2015 President Barack Obama pledged to keep pounding Islamic State militants with airstrikes, but said ground forces in Iraq and Syria must secure any gains produced by the bombing campaign. Meanwhile, France’s defense minister said ISIS has demonstrated a rare ability to fight as an organized military group while simultaneously carrying...

Obama: ISIS Can Be Pushed Back With ‘Effective Partner’ on the Ground

July 6, 2015 U.S. President Barack Obama pledged to keep pounding Islamic State militants with airstrikes, but said ground forces in Iraq and Syria must secure any gains produced by the bombing campaign. Meanwhile, France’s defense minister said ISIS has demonstrated a rare ability to fight as an organized military group while simultaneously...

Dempsey’s Instruction: Prepare for a Long War

July 2, 2015 The U.S. military needs to reorganize itself and prepare for war that has no end in sight with militant groups like the Islamic State and nations that use proxies to fight on their behalf, America’s top general warned Wednesday. In what is likely his last significant strategy direction before retiring...

Dempsey warns of perpetual war; Green Berets will shift from Afghanistan to Africa; LG Neller may be next USMC Commandant; F-35 under the microscope; And a bit more.

July 2, 2015 CORRECTION: The original headline of Thursdays D Brief incorrectly placed quotation marks around the phrase "perpetual war," which inadvertently attributed the phrase to Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey. He did not say that phrase and those quotation marks have been removed. Multiple but still-unconfirmed reports have come in this...

Dempsey’s Final Instruction to the Pentagon: Prepare for a Long War

July 1, 2015 The U.S. military needs to reorganize itself and prepare for war that has no end in sight with militant groups like the Islamic State and nations that use proxies to fight on their behalf, America’s top general warned Wednesday. In what is likely his last significant strategy direction before retiring...

Islamic State affiliates bring violence to Egypt, Gaza; Iran talks extended 7 days; Russia stops gas deliveries to Ukraine; EUCOM’s drone problem in Syria; And a bit more.

July 1, 2015 Attackers killed at least 30 members of Egypt’s security forces during a complex attack on at least six Egyptian military checkpoints in Northern Sinai, AP reports this morning: “There was no immediate claim of responsibility for Wednesday's attack, but it bore all the hallmarks of the [Islamic State] affiliate,” including...

Taliban attack NATO convoy in Kabul; US lifts some arms restrictions on Bahrain; Christie makes 14; Top Gun 2?; And a bit more.

June 30, 2015 A huge explosion targeted a NATO convoy near the U.S. Embassy in the Afghan capital of Kabul this morning. The attack, which involved a suicide car bomb, has killed at least five Afghan civilians and wounded another 19, including three women and four children. A NATO spokesman says no coalition...

US Restores Bahrain Military Aid Despite Human Rights

June 29, 2015 The Obama administration will restore security aid to Bahrain, the key American military ally in the Middle East that has conducted airstrikes against Islamic State militants and houses a major U.S. naval base across the Persian Gulf from Iran. The renewal comes even though the State Department says human rights...