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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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How to Sell a COIN Aircraft in a Great-Power Era

May 17, 2018 With the National Defense Strategy shift to great-power competition — and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ ubiquitously quoted “three lines of effort” — it’s no surprise that the defense industry has been tailoring marketing messages to suit. Perhaps more surprising are the pitches for the kinds of weapons that would have...

Selling COIN in a great-power era; Former NSA chief’s startup gets funded; Marines’ brawny new helo, and more.

May 17, 2018 With the National Defense Strategy shift to great-power competition — and Defense Secretary Jim Mattis’ ubiquitously quoted “three lines of effort” — it’s no surprise that the defense industry has been tailoring marketing messages to suit. Perhaps more surprising are the pitches for the kinds of weapons that would have...

The Air Force Is Adding Algorithms to Predict When Planes Will Break

May 16, 2018 The U.S. Air Force has started to use algorithms to predict when its aircraft will break, part of an effort to minimize the time and money they consume in the repair shop. The use of predictive analytics has been blazed by airlines, which monitor their fleets’ parts in an effort...

The US Air Force Is Adding Algorithms to Predict When Planes Will Break

May 15, 2018 The U.S. Air Force has started to use algorithms to predict when its aircraft will break, part of an effort to minimize the time and money they consume in the repair shop. The use of predictive analytics has been blazed by airlines, which monitor their fleets’ parts in an effort...

What’s in the House NDAA?; Pentagon’s 3D-mapping service; New Marine One, weed whacker; and more.

May 10, 2018 Unlike their counterparts in the Senate, which usually reviews the annual National Defense Authorization Act behind closed doors, the House Armed Services Committee conducts its review in the open. That means everyone gets to see where lawmakers stand on issues from weapon buys to defense policy. And despite whatever disagreements...

Air Force: Recent String of Crashes Isn’t a Crisis

May 9, 2018 The U.S. Air Force will stand down every flying wing for one day in coming weeks for safety reviews as it looks for trends in a string of recent crashes that claimed the lives of 18 airmen. As of now, however, the general in charge of Air Force safety at...

US Air Force: Recent String of Crashes Isn’t a Crisis

May 8, 2018 The U.S. Air Force will stand down every flying wing for one day in coming weeks for safety reviews as it looks for trends in a string of recent crashes that claimed the lives of 18 airmen. As of now, however, the general in charge of Air Force safety at...

What if Congress kills the Strategic Capabilities Office?; Pentagon projects arms-spending decline; Still no Air Force One deal; and more.

May 3, 2018 Will Roper is the head of Air Force acquisition, but he made his Pentagon bones as the first head of the Strategic Capabilities Office, a cell that looks to add “surprising new capabilities” to existing weapons. The office has drawn praise for accomplishments like modifying the anti-aircraft, anti-missile SM-6 interceptor...

L3 Shops for a Shipyard — and a Place in the Defense Industry’s Top Tier

May 1, 2018 L3 Technologies is eying a shipyard as the company deepens its push into the underwater drone market and beyond, Defense One has learned. The move comes as new CEO Christopher Kubasik looks to grow America’s sixth-largest defense company. While Kubasik tiptoed around a question about an expansion into shipbuilding on...

Did Your Company Make that Warplane? Don’t Count on the Upgrade Work Anymore

April 30, 2018 The Pentagon spends roughly twice as much to operate, maintain, and upgrade its arsenal than it does to buy the weapons in the first place — and the Air Force’s new head of acquisition says that’s partly because too few of the contracts are awarded competitively. Will Roper wants that...