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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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Syria’s new chemical weapons; Most moderate Syrian rebels not fit for duty; Iran deadline looms; O’Malley as dove to Clinton’s hawk; A better ISIS flag?; And a bit more.

June 29, 2015 U.S. intelligence officials warn an increasingly desperate Assad regime in Syria has developed a new chemical bomb filled with chlorine and there’s a “strong possibility” the regime will use it to keep rebels from taking more government-held territory following weeks of steady setbacks north and south of Damascus, the Wall...

Video Chat Could Put US Advisors In ISIS Fight — Virtually

June 25, 2015 Picture messaging and video chat technology similar to Skype or Apple’s FaceTime could soon enable U.S. troops to accompany Iraqis on patrol — at least virtually. The U.S. military is already testing the idea in Afghanistan, said Steve Weiler, who directs requirements for the Joint IED Defeat Organization, or JIEDDO....

Pentagon Rushing to Open Space-War Center To Counter China, Russia

June 23, 2015 The Pentagon and intelligence community are developing war plans and an operations center to fend off Chinese and Russian attacks on U.S. military and government satellites. The ops center, to be opened within six months, will receive data from satellites belonging to all government agencies, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work...

Study: America Needs New Small Nuclear Bombs

June 23, 2015 The United States should develop new low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons to deter countries from seeking nuclear weapons of their own, a new think-tank report says. It also argues that the U.S. should base more nuclear weapons around the world to better deter attacks. “Forward deploying a robust set of discriminate...

Report: US Needs New Small Nuclear Bombs

June 21, 2015 The United States should develop new low-yield, tactical nuclear weapons to deter countries from seeking nuclear weapons of their own, a new think-tank report says. It also argues that the U.S. should base more nuclear weapons around the world to better deter attacks. “Forward deploying a robust set of discriminate...

Pentagon Building Cruise Missile Shield To Defend US Cities From Russia

June 18, 2015 The Pentagon is quietly working to set up an elaborate network of defenses to protect American cities from a barrage of Russian cruise missiles. The plan calls for buying radars that would enable National Guard F-16 fighter jets to spot and shoot down fast and low-flying missiles. Top generals want...

One Does Not Simply Embed US Troops In Iraq

June 17, 2015 It may be tempting to put U.S. troops alongside Iraqis on the front lines against ISIS, but it would be far more difficult and complicated than it may seem, the military’s top officer told Congress Wednesday. Augmenting an Iraqi unit with a U.S. specialist — say, a joint terminal attack...

What To Watch For at the 2015 Paris Air Show

June 15, 2015 The Paris Air Show is under way in Le Bourget, and while defense takes a backseat to commercial aviation at the venerable aviation event, arms makers nevertheless spend millions to be there. (Who won’t be shelling out for pricey chalets this year? Northrop Grumman, BAE Systems and Saab.) One burning...

White House Sends More Troops to Iraq

June 10, 2015 U.S. officials hope that sending another 450 American troops to Iraq will speed up the pace of coalition airstrikes against Islamic State fighters. So far, more than 4,000 strike missions have not halted the terror group’s territorial expansion. The troops will deploy to Taqaddum, a military base about 70 miles...

What the New US Troops Will Do in Iraq

June 10, 2015 U.S. officials hope that sending another 450 American troops to Iraq will speed up the pace of coalition airstrikes against Islamic State fighters. So far, more than 4,000 strike missions have not halted the terror group’s territorial expansion. The troops will deploy to Taqaddum, a military base about 70 miles...