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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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Hagel: Budget Uncertainty Is the Biggest Challenge Facing the Military

January 15, 2015 FORT BLISS, Texas – Chuck Hagel’s tenure as defense secretary is drawing to a close where it all began 48 years ago when he showed up at the base gate here for Army basic training in one early morning in April 1967. The former Army sergeant and Vietnam veteran was...

Hagel Visits Navy’s Newest Warship That Will Carry the F-35

January 14, 2015 ABOARD THE USS AMERICA – Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel visited the Navy’s newest warship Wednesday, a massive amphibious assault ship that could carry more than 3,000 sailors and Marines. The ship, which is undergoing test trials about 10 miles off the California coast, is the first in a new class...

New Air Force Bomber Is a Critical Piece of the Pentagon’s Pacific Weaponry

January 13, 2015 WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. – A new Air Force stealthy, nuclear-weapon carrying bomber is critical for deterring enemies and a vital piece of the Pentagon’s pivot to the Pacific region, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said Tuesday. Money for the new program will appear in the Pentagon’s 2016 budget proposal...

Pentagon To Close, Consolidate Bases in Europe, Base F-35 in England

January 8, 2015 Congress won’t let the Pentagon close or realign bases in the United States, so the Defense Department has looked to shut down facilities elsewhere: in Europe. Pentagon officials announced Thursday that they will close or reduce its presence at dozens of facilities across the United Kingdom, Germany, Belgium, The Netherlands,...

Lockheed Working To Extend Range of U.S. Missile Interceptors

January 7, 2015 Lockheed Martin is working to extend the range of key U.S. missile interceptors designed to shoot down weapons launched by North Korea and Iran so that it could target super fast Russian and Chinese missiles of the future. The U.S. defense giant has been quietly working on modifications to its...

The Drop in Oil Prices Could Save the Pentagon Billions of Dollars

December 19, 2014 The sharp decline in crude oil prices over the past five months could end up saving the Pentagon billions of dollars in the coming years, freeing up the money for weapon purchases and improving military readiness, some experts say. Since June, the price of crude oil per barrel is down...

Army Details Future Controversial Helicopter Swap With the National Guard

December 18, 2014 The U.S. Army is moving ahead with a controversial plan to shift helicopters between the active-duty and National Guard and buying new aircraft without competition, despite ongoing litigation trying to block it. Getting rid of military equipment is never easy. Over decades, planes, tanks and ships become engrained in military...

Upgrades Will Let the Navy’s LCS Operate in More Dangerous Waters

December 12, 2014 The Navy plans to beef up the firepower and defenses of its littoral combat ship fleet in the coming years, allowing the ships to operate in more dangerous waters. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel on Thursday signed off on the Navy’s plan to buy a total of 52 ships, 20 more...

V-22 Osprey Could Get Some Serious Firepower

December 8, 2014 The Bell-Boeing V-22 Osprey has been deployed globally since 2007 with only one major offensive weapon: a machine gun pointed out the back of the aircraft. Besides that, the tiltrotor aircraft – which takes off and lands vertically like a helicopter, but can pivot its engines and rotors forward to...

The Pentagon’s 2016 Budget Will Focus on the Pacific

December 5, 2014 The Pentagon’s 2016 budget proposal will focus investments heavily on pivoting the military to the Pacific and continuing security operations in the Middle East, according to defense officials and experts. That means continued investments in high-end weapons, including the Lockheed Martin F-35 Joint Strike Fighter and Air Force’s new Long-Range...