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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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JUST IN: Boeing to buy drone-maker Aurora Flight Sciences; Some clues about the 2019 budget; Contracts, exports, and more...

October 5, 2017 There’s a wave a of mergers and acquisitions under way right now. Some are mega deals — like United Technologies’ plan to buy Rockwell Collins and Northrop Grumman’s plan to buy Orbital ATK. Others are smaller, the big guys snapping up startups. Boeing had made no secret that it was...

General Motors Wants to Disrupt the Military Truck Market

October 4, 2017 American automaker General Motors has produced a hydrogen-fuel-cell-powered chassis that executives say could allow the U.S. military to move equipment and supplies around the battlefield more efficiently and safely. Called SURUS, for Silent Utility Rover Universal Superstructure, the vehicle resembles a flatbed truck trailer or even a railroad flatcar. Powered...

Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

September 29, 2017 As of Monday, the average American taxpayer will have paid nearly $7,500 to fund the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria since the 9/11 attacks, according to previously unreported Pentagon budget data sent to Congress this summer. This fiscal year, each U.S. taxpayers will pay about $289 for both wars,...

Marines take 3D-printed drones to battle; Inside STRATCOM’s new HQ; Selling US guns overseas; and a lot more.

September 28, 2017 When U.S. Marines shipped out in January to support operations in Iraq and Syria, they brought along a few 3D printers — and plans to print a small quadcopter drone called the Nibbler. All of the Nibbler’s parts, except for the electronics, are 3D printed. Assembling one costs about $2,000....

Could North Korea Shoot Down U.S. Warplanes?

September 28, 2017 Could North Korea make good its threat, delivered on Monday, to shoot down American warplanes near its coastline? “I don’t think it’s something that can be dismissed,” said Tom Karako, who runs the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. North Korea's surface-to-air missiles include S-200s...

Here’s How Much of Your Taxes Have Gone To Wars

September 27, 2017 As of Monday, the average American taxpayer will have paid nearly $7,500 to fund the wars in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria since the 9/11 attacks, according to previously unreported Pentagon budget data sent to Congress this summer. This fiscal year, each U.S. taxpayers will pay about $289 for both wars,...

Could North Korea Shoot Down US Warplanes?

September 26, 2017 Could North Korea make good its threat, delivered on Monday, to shoot down American warplanes near its coastline? “I don’t think it’s something that can be dismissed,” said Tom Karako, who runs the Missile Defense Project at the Center for Strategic and International Studies. North Korea's surface-to-air missiles include S-200s...

What got people talking at Air Force Association's big show; Q&A with Saab CEO; Mattis wants to improve relations with industry, and a lot more.

September 21, 2017 There were a heck of a lot of blue suits — particularly young enlisted airmen — at this week’s Air Force Association conference in suburban Washington. If you’re scratching your head at that (“Uh, it’s an Air Force trade show — aren’t there always lots of airmen?”), let me tell...

Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

September 21, 2017 More than three years into its airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the Pentagon is still struggling to replenish its bomb and missile stockpiles. Now it’s Congress’ budgetary inaction that is thwarting Air Force efforts to persuade arms makers to increase production. “Probably the most important...

Air Force: We’re Low on Bombs Because Congress Can’t Pass a Budget

September 20, 2017 Correction: Due to an editing error, an earlier version of this article misidentified the maker of the Hellfire missile as Raytheon. The missile is made by Lockheed Martin. The article has been updated. More than three years into its airstrike campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, the...