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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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Slow and Steady Is Losing the Defense Acquisition Race

November 11, 2014 Frank Kendall cringes when he hears the term “acquisition reform.” The Pentagon’s top weapons buyer instead prefers the term “acquisition improvement,” which he says focuses more on the continued refinement of the entire process by which the Defense Department conceives, develops and purchases everything from ships and aircraft to trucks...

Pentagon Counter-IED Group Heads to Iraq as Attacks Surge

November 6, 2014 The Pentagon’s Joint IED Defeat Organization (JIEDDO) is preparing to deploy members to Iraq where 145 roadside bomb attacks carried out by Islamic State militants killed more than 804 people and wounded more than 1,287 last month, according to officials and documents. That’s more than double the number of IED...

Pentagon's Weapons Man Kendall Doesn't Buy Rumors of Sequestration's Repeal

November 5, 2014 The morning after Republicans won control of the U.S. Senate with a tidal wave of Election Day victories, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer said he is still “not highly optimistic” that Defense Department will get a reprieve from sequestration budget caps in 2016. “I have no idea how this is...

Are the Night Vision Goggles Used in the Bin Laden Raid Really Classified?

November 3, 2014 Matt Bissonette, the former Navy SEAL in hot water for writing a book about the U.S. military raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is accused of disclosing classified information about special night vision goggles worn during the operation. But are the high-tech goggles really classified? Among the said-to-be-classified items referenced...

DOD Says Midterm Elections Will Not Alter the Defense Budget

October 29, 2014 A top Pentagon official does not forsee Congress reversing federal budget caps when lawmakers return to Washington for a lame-duck session following next week’s midterm elections, regardless of the results. Instead, Defense Department Comptroller Mike McCord sees the need to raise the debt ceiling next spring as the next potential...

US Doesn’t Know If North Korea Has a Nuclear Missile

October 24, 2014 The U.S. military still doesn’t know if North Korea has a working nuclear missile capable of reaching the United States. North Korea might have the intellectual know how to build a miniaturized nuclear weapon, but that does not mean Pyongyang has actually built a intercontinental ballistic missile, the U.S. military...

The Pentagon Still Needs More Eyes in the Sky

October 23, 2014 Airborne intelligence has arguably given the U.S. military an advantage over adversaries on the ground during the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Pentagon will continue to rely on high-tech sensors and cameras mounted on drones high above the battlefield for years to come, according to Andrew Hunter, the...

US Turns to 3-D Printing for Key Technology Behind Rocket Launches

October 23, 2014 FROM NEXTGOV arrow As the Pentagon looks to develop a replacement for the Russian engine that blasts the Atlas V rocket into orbit, two U.S. companies have been working on a little-known project that could speed up the process. Dynetics, of Huntsville, Ala., and Aerojet Rocketdyne, of Sacramento, Calif., are already building a...

How 3D Printing Could Help Replace Russian Rockets

October 21, 2014 As the Pentagon looks to develop a replacement for the Russian engine that blasts the Atlas V rocket into orbit, two U.S. companies have been working on a little-known project that could speed up the process. Dynetics, of Huntsville, Ala., and Aerojet Rocketdyne, of Sacramento, Calif., are already building a...

State Department Clears Sale of 46,000 Tank Rounds for Iraq

October 20, 2014 The U.S. State Department has cleared a $600 million sale of 46,000 120-millimeter armor-piercing tank rounds for the Iraqi Army’s M1A1 Abrams tank fleet. The proposed deal is latest in a series weapon sales between Washington and Baghdad announced in recent months designed to bolster Iraq’s fledgling military, which suffered...