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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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New House Armed Services Chairman Flexes Muscles for Pentagon Buyers

March 22, 2015 For years, lawmakers and defense officials have looked for ways to remove bureaucratic red tape from the Pentagon’s cumbersome acquisition process and find something nobody yet has: a way to save taxpayer money and get cutting edge weapons and technology to troops faster. This week House Armed Services Committee Chairman...

Pentagon: The Costs of Major Weapon Systems Are Finally Coming Down

March 19, 2015 Costs among the Defense Department’s largest arms programs are beginning to stabilize after years of overruns, a recent trend that Pentagon officials say is the result of an improvement project launched by now-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter more than four years ago. Nearly 70 percent of the Pentagon’s 80 major procurement...

GOP Budget Hawks Want To Use War Funds To Skirt Defense Caps

March 17, 2015 House leaders unveiled their plan for bridging the divide between defense and fiscal hawks by using the Obama administration’s off-the-books war chest as a slush fund to circumvent sequestration budget caps. The House Budget Committee released its non-binding fiscal 2016 budget resolution on Tuesday, proposing Congress spend $523 billion for...

Are High-Tech Sensors the Answer to the Pentagon’s Drone Demand?

March 17, 2015 Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has been championing a Pentagon project to offset the technology of enemies; much like the U.S. military did with the development of guided bombs, stealth and nuclear weapons over the past century. On Wednesday, Pentagon leaders said that the next offset, when it comes to...

Navy To Increase the Number of Deployed Ships to the Middle East, Asia

March 13, 2015 The Navy plans to increase the number of its deployed ships by more than 20 percent over the next five years, providing the U.S more firepower and assets in the Middle East and Asia to meet security demands, Pentagon officials say. The plan laid out in a new maritime strategy...

Boeing and Saab Deepening Relationship With Artillery Project

March 10, 2015 Boeing and Saab have often found themselves on opposite sides of the playing field, pitting their fighter jets against one another for lucrative international defense contracts. In 2013, Brazil selected the Swedish Gripen over American-made Super Hornet, a huge score for the Scandinavian company, which is among the top 10...

This Motion Sensor Could Detect Russian Soldiers as They're Invading a Country

March 6, 2015 If Russian forces, rebels or militants try to sneak into Estonia or a number of other countries small wireless motion sensors hidden in the brush could detect them long before human border guards. The devices – built by Defendec, a small Estonian tech firm with only 30 employees – look...

Bob Hale: Targeted Pentagon Budget Cuts Likely

March 4, 2015 The Pentagon is not likely to get the $535 billion President Barack Obama has requested for fiscal 2016, but that does not mean every Defense Department project will get hit with spending cuts like in 2013. Robert Hale, who retired last June after more than five years as the Pentagon’s...

US, Allies Reviewing Bomb Stockpiles for ISIS Fight

March 2, 2015 After six months of conducting widespread airstrikes across northern Iraq and Syria in a campaign that shows no signs of abating, the U.S. military and its allies are re-evaluating the size of their bomb stockpiles, according to a senior Pentagon official. The review would ensure that the weapon supply in...

Inside the Glitz of a Middle East Arms Show

February 26, 2015 ABU DHABI -- For defense firms, it’s simply all about “being there” at an event like the International Defence Exposition and Conference, better know as IDEX. You never know who will show up: presidents, princes, defense ministers, generals and admirals from all corners of the world are here. And flashiness...