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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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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...

The Pentagon’s Weapon Wish Lists Could Disappear

February 4, 2015 Long live the Pentagon wish list? Lawmakers this year might not ask the military services to send them wish lists of weapons, that on-again, off-again practice of informally requesting items not included in the Pentagon’s official budget proposal. Aides for both the House and Senate Armed Services committees say members...

What Military Contractors Can Learn From the Pentagon's 2016 Budget

February 3, 2015 From the outside, the Pentagon’s budget looks relatively similar that the plan the Defense Department laid out one year ago. But upon closer inspection, President Barack Obama’s budget request gives a glimpse into how the military will look decades from now. Several new research-and-development projects could lead to multi-billion-dollar weapon...

A Look Inside the Pentagon's $585 Billion Budget Request

February 3, 2015 The Pentagon unveiled its fiscal 2016 budget proposal of $585 billion on Monday, an increase over last year’s budget in recognition of the military’s wide-ranging need to respond to global conflicts in places like Liberia and Eastern Europe, buy new equipment and modernize the force. The Pentagon’s baseline budget proposal...

Pentagon Unveils $585 Billion Budget Request

February 2, 2015 The Pentagon unveiled its fiscal 2016 budget proposal of $585 billion on Monday, an increase over last year’s budget in recognition of the military’s wide-ranging need to respond to global conflicts in places like Liberia and Eastern Europe, buy new equipment and modernize the force. The Pentagon’s baseline budget proposal...

Buying a New Air Force One Is Complicated

February 1, 2015 Think it’s tough to buy a new car? Try buying a plane that has all the bells and whistles fit for a president, including some that might not have been invented yet. The aircraft is the easy part. In this case, it’s a massive, four engine, two-floor Boeing 747-8 from...