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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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A Short-Staffed US Air Force Wants Robots to Do More Human Jobs

November 8, 2017 KIRTLAND AIR FORCE BASE, N.M. — Filling the fuel tank of a B-2 stealth bomber is a group effort; the task involves pilots, maintainers, logisticians — not to mention fuel specialists. Gen. David Goldfein wants to know: can the Air Force give some of that work to machines, as airlines...

The Budget Edition: Countdown to Dec. 8, nuke spending, rocket motors, and a lot more.

November 2, 2017 Thirty-six. That’s the number of days until Dec. 8, when the current government funding measure, known as the continuing resolution, runs out. Is it panic time yet? Remember the fiscal cliff of 2012? I spent the last day of the year in a Manhattan sushi joint checking my phone and...

The old tech at the bottom of an ICBM control capsule; Northrop no-bid; M&A madness; and a lot more.

October 26, 2017 I spent Friday night in an intercontinental ballistic missile launch control capsule some 80 feet under the Montana countryside. Unlike my quick visit to Minot Air Force Base last month, last week’s visit to Malmstrom AFB with Gen. David Goldfein, the U.S. Air Force chief of staff, afforded a bit...

Air Force Chief Helps Young Airman Locate Family In Puerto Rico

October 25, 2017 LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER CHARLIE, Montana — About 60 miles southeast of Great Falls, just off a two-lane highway, Sr. Airman Malcom Soto-Gonzalez keeps watch over this small building tucked behind a hill on the treeless countryside. Armed with an M4 carbine, Soto-Gonzalez and other “Defenders” in his Air Force security-forces...

US Air Force Chief Helps Young Airman Locate Family In Puerto Rico

October 23, 2017 LAUNCH CONTROL CENTER CHARLIE, Montana — About 60 miles southeast of Great Falls, just off a two-lane highway, Sr. Airman Malcom Soto-Gonzalez keeps watch over this small building tucked behind a hill on the treeless countryside. Armed with an M4 carbine, Soto-Gonzalez and other “Defenders” in his Air Force security-forces...

U.S. Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

October 23, 2017 BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas...

EXCLUSIVE: US Preparing to Put Nuclear Bombers Back on 24-Hour Alert

October 22, 2017 BARKSDALE AIR FORCE BASE, La. — The U.S. Air Force is preparing to put nuclear-armed bombers back on 24-hour ready alert, a status not seen since the Cold War ended in 1991. That means the long-dormant concrete pads at the ends of this base’s 11,000-foot runway — dubbed the “Christmas...

Under a B-52 with Gen. Goldfein; 11% cut to USAF budget request?; New Mideast arms-export numbers, and more…

October 19, 2017 At Barksdale Air Force Base in Louisiana this week, Gen. Dave Goldfein stepped under the wing of a B-52 bomber whose engine — one of eight on the aircraft — was built in 1964, just a few years after the Air Force chief of staff was born. An enlisted airman...

Top Defense CEO Blasts Washington Budget Gridlock

October 12, 2017 The Pentagon’s political leaders and generals have spent much of the past seven years decrying the defense budget cuts and uncertainty that they say put troops at risk. Just on Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis told the military’s top officers to talk to the media, in part to pressure lawmakers...

Vendors upgun for AUSA; How spies target US firms; Elbit's plans for growth; and more.

October 12, 2017 Since his return to the Pentagon on Jan. 20, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has pushed to make the U.S. military more lethal. From the looks of weapons on display at this week’s Association of the U.S. Army conference defense companies have heard that message loud and clear. Walking around the...