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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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The Army’s Next Engine War

October 13, 2014 Over the past decade, the U.S. Army has relied on helicopters to move forces over mountainous terrain not reachable by vehicles in Afghanistan and across large swaths of deserts in Iraq. In many cases, powerful heavy-lift CH-47 Chinook tandem-rotor helicopters were needed to bring soldiers to high-altitude spots not reachable...

As the Army’s Future Takes Shape, So Does the Defense Market

October 10, 2014 For two years, the U.S. Army has been pitching new ways it could stay relevant and play a more prominent role in the Pentagon’s pivot to the Pacific, a region where the Navy and Air Force are expected to play a more prominent role. Now, after a turbulent year in...

The Pentagon’s Special War Funding Account Isn’t Going Away

September 30, 2014 Pentagon officials likely will keep using for the foreseeable future a controversial war spending account that is exempt from federal budget caps, but with some new strings attached, Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work said Tuesday. Work kicked off the latest round of debate over the Overseas Contingency Operations, or OCO,...

The Defense Industry Is Expanding the Use of 3D Printing

September 29, 2014 The Pentagon and the defense industry are rapidly expanding the use of 3D printing to make parts and tools for more sophisticated military equipment. The technology—which makes manufacturing more agile and wastes very little material—is already being used aboard the USS Essex, a U.S. Navy amphibious assault ship. “The crew...

How American Precision Weapons Opened the Door to an Arab Coalition

September 26, 2014 President Obama’s insistence that Arab states join in on U.S.-led air strikes against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq serves a political purpose for Washington and the region. But that Arab states were able to play a key role in the strikes at all is owed to years of...

Hagel’s Right-Hand Man on Acquisition Reform

September 24, 2014 Last week, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel was supposed to headline the largest Air Force convention of the year, but a more pressing matter came up. Hagel needed to accompany President Barack Obama to Tampa, Florida, for a briefing at U.S. Central Command about the now-underway airstrikes against Islamic State militants...

F-22 Finally Makes Its Combat Debut Against Syria

September 23, 2014 The U.S. Air Force used the stealthy F-22 Raptor to bomb Islamic State militant targets in Syria, marking the first time the expensive jet has been used in combat. A senior military official confirmed to Defense One the Pentagon’s use of the stealthy jet in the air strikes, which is...