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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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2020 defense spending outlook: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯; Don't forget the budget caps; F-35 combat tests start; and more...

December 13, 2018 The talk of the town is the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request, due to the Hill in just two months. To review: Just a few weeks back, everything seemed to be pointing toward the planned $733 billion request. Then the White House instructed the Pentagon to cut that request to...

Test Validates New U.S. Interceptor for European, Japanese Missile Shields

December 12, 2018 The new interceptor missile that will arm land-based missile defenses in Europe and Japan has passed a key test, the Pentagon said Tuesday. In a late-night test on Monday, a Raytheon SM-3 IIA interceptor lifted off from Hawaii and shot down a mock intermediate-range missile over the Pacific, Missile Defense...

Test Validates New US Interceptor for European, Japanese Missile Shields

December 11, 2018 The new interceptor missile that will arm land-based missile defenses in Europe and Japan has passed a key test, the Pentagon said Tuesday. In a late-night test on Monday, a Raytheon SM-3 IIA interceptor lifted off from Hawaii and shot down a mock intermediate-range missile over the Pacific, Missile Defense...

Tanker Wars, Part 2; Britain’s clever aircraft carrier, Reagan Forum tidbits, and more.

December 6, 2018 The first shots have been fired in the battle for the U.S. Air Force’s next purchase of aerial refueling tankers. On Tuesday, Airbus and Lockheed Martin announced a new partnership to compete for U.S. military orders. While it’s early in the game, the news means Boeing is going to have...

Airbus Looks to Pounce As Boeing Struggles to Deliver First Tanker

December 4, 2018 Airbus is teaming up with Lockheed Martin to pitch a new refueling aircraft to the Pentagon, looking to pounce as Boeing struggles to deliver its KC-46 to the Air Force. The new partnership between Europe’s largest aerospace company and the world’s largest defense firm are early shots in what could...

Mattis ‘Optimistic’ Pentagon Will Get Needed Budget from White House, Democrats

December 3, 2018 SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is subtly making a pitch to Congress — and President Trump — not to cut defense spending. After two years of steep defense spending increases bringing defense spending to $716 billion, Trump has called on all federal agencies to cut spending by...

Mattis ‘Optimistic’ Pentagon Will Get Needed Budget from White House, Democrats

December 2, 2018 SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is subtly making a pitch to Congress — and President Trump — not to cut defense spending. After two years of steep defense spending increases bringing defense spending to $716 billion, Trump has called on all federal agencies to cut spending by...

Reagan Forum preview; The Air Force wants your ideas; More foreign arms sales eyed...

November 29, 2018 As the Pentagon clamps down on conference appearances by senior defense officials, the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley is one of the few places where you’ll still find more than a handful in one place. The event is also heavily attended by top CEOs; Capital Alpha Partners’...

White House Seeks Alternatives to Independent Space Force

November 29, 2018 For months, Pentagon officials have been rushing to prepare plans for an independent Space Force, a sixth branch of the military ordered up by President Trump. But since Oct. 26, they have been marching to new White House orders: go back and look at different ways to reorganize the military’s...

White House Seeks Alternatives to Independent Space Force

November 28, 2018 For months, Pentagon officials have been rushing to prepare plans for an independent Space Force, a sixth branch of the military ordered up by President Trump. But since Oct. 26, they have been marching to new White House orders: go back and look at different ways to reorganize the military’s...