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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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A Conversation With an Accused War Criminal With Arms To Sell

February 25, 2015 ABU DHABI – At an outdoor pavilion with a medieval castle theme, green camouflage painted trucks built by Sudan’s state-owned Military Industry Corporation are lined up as if they were parked in front of a new car dealership. One is massive, with a howitzer cannon attached to the back. The...

Defense Firms Put Down Roots in UAE

February 24, 2015 ABU DHABI – Inside an office, halfway to the top of a skyscraper that leans 18-degrees to the west, freshly painted white walls are covered with pictures of American military V-22 Ospreys, Shadow reconnaissance drones and Commando armored trucks. The equipment is built by Textron’s Bell Helicopter and Textron System,...

Ukraine Seeks US Weapons at Middle East Arms Expo

February 24, 2015 ABU DHABI – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko renewed his push to get defensive weapons from the United States and same time inked a military cooperation pact with the United Arab Emirates. Poroshenko came to the International Defence Exposition and Conference, called IDEX, the largest arms show in the Middle East...

Pentagon Weapons Chief To Meet With Ukrainians

February 23, 2015 ABU DHABI – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to meet with U.S. defense companies Tuesday during a major arms exhibition here even though the American government has not cleared the firms to sell Kiev lethal weapons. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition executive is scheduled to meet with a Ukrainian...

US Military Increasing Foreign Expo Presence After 2-Year Downturn

February 22, 2015 ABU DHABI – The Pentagon is stepping up its official participation at massive worldwide tradeshows like this week’s International Defence Exposition and Conference in the United Arab Emirates, its top weapons buyer said on Saturday. The pronouncement effectively ends a two-year downturn following a 2012 lavish spending scandal that froze...

Defense One at IDEX: Western Military Leaders Seek Looser Arms Restrictions

February 21, 2015 ABU DHABI – Tens of thousands of defense leaders, arms makers and contractors are descending on Abu Dhabi this week for the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, or IDEX, looking to ink lucrative weapons deals amid a new age of conflict and concern across the region. Before the exhibit space...

Obama To Sell Armed Drones To More Countries

February 17, 2015 The State Department on Tuesday announced that the United States would be expanding the sale of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to carefully selected allied countries. The announcement suggests that strategic partners – especially in the Middle East -- could acquire American-made armed drones before the year is out....

Boeing Defense Creates New Development Business Unit

February 12, 2015 Four years ago this month, Boeing won a decade-long battle over rival Airbus to build new U.S. Air Force aerial refueling tankers. It was a huge $35 billion win for the Chicago-based aerospace and defense firm. While company officials acknowledged Boeing submitted an aggressive bid, they considered it responsible. And...

Will Harris Acquiring Exelis Spur More Defense Firm Consolidation?

February 6, 2015 In February 2011, Ashton Carter was the Pentagon’s acquisition chief when he told Wall Street investors that the Defense Department expected an uptick in defense firm mergers and acquisitions. The defense budget was beginning to shrink after reaching record-high spending levels at the peak of wars in Afghanistan and Iraq....

Northrop Secretly Building Jet for Air Force Trainer Competition

February 6, 2015 Many in the defense community were scratching their heads when Northrop Grumman announced in late 2011 that it would partner with BAE Systems to pitch the single-engine Hawk jet to train the U.S. Air Force’s future pilots. After all, the Hawk was first made in the 1970s, even though the...