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Marcus Weisgerber

Global Business Editor 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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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...

ISIS Is Using Tunnel Bombs in Iraq

June 8, 2015 The tunnel bomb, a deadly modern riff on an ancient tactic, is emerging as a potent new weapon. Several dozen have been detonated in Syria, while ISIS used them to take the Iraqi city of Ramadi, according to Pentagon officials and documents. The concept is simple: dig a tunnel long...

The Facebook SecDef: Pictures from Ash Carter’s Hawaii and Singapore Trip

May 30, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is taking his outreach to Silicon Valley seriously. Having visited Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters last month as part of a Pentagon push to deepen relations with tech firms, Carter joined Facebook on Friday. “This visit [to Facebook’s headquarters] drove home for Secretary Carter the impact...

The Pentagon Is Trying To Make Its $400 Billion Fighter Jet Cheaper To Fly

May 29, 2015 The Pentagon, which has spent the last four years lowering the purchase price of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, is now taking aim at the costs of flying it. The headline-grabbing $400 billion price tag for developing and buying 2,443 U.S. F-35s is less than half the cost of operating,...

Army Chief Opens Door To Embedding American Troops With Iraqi Forces

May 29, 2015 The U.S. military should continue training and advising Iraqi Security Forces to fight Islamic State militants, but American combat troops should not be deployed, Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff said Thursday. Odierno, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, said he is okay with more Army...

US Army Chief Opens Door To Embedding US Troops With Iraqi Forces

May 28, 2015 The U.S. military should continue training and advising Iraqi Security Forces to fight Islamic State militants, but American combat troops should not be deployed, Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff said Thursday. Odierno, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, said he is okay with more Army...