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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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Missile defense update; Getting the Navy new tech; Bezos to keynote AFA and a lot more.

August 9, 2018 After a year In which North Korea occasionally threatened to fire nuclear-tipped missiles at the U.S., the annual Missile Defense Symposium in Huntsville, Alabama, is a good place to get a sense of how the Pentagon views the threat and how companies are positioning themselves to offer solutions. First, one...

5 Unanswered Questions About Space Force

August 7, 2018 Space Force is getting closer to reality. As early as this week, the Pentagon is expected to announce various steps to reorganize the military’s space-related procurement and operations, culminating in a planned request for congressional action to authorize the creation of a separate service branch for space. We got a...

5 Unanswered Questions About Space Force

August 6, 2018 Space Force is getting closer to reality. As early as this week, the Pentagon is expected to announce various steps to reorganize the military’s space-related procurement and operations, culminating in a planned request for congressional action to authorize the creation of a separate service branch for space. We got a...

Just In: L3 realigns business segments; Pairing pilots with drones; Lockheed CEO’s big gift, and more.

August 2, 2018 Two weeks ago at the Farnborough Air Show outside London, L3 Technologies’ corporate chalet — a semi-permanent building a few hundred feet from the airfield — was bustling, its lobby packed with visitors checking in for meetings. Further inside — and outside on a terrace — people huddled around tables...

Pentagon Delays Space Force Report

August 1, 2018 The Pentagon will not release on Wednesday a much-anticipated report about how it plans to create the Space Force ordered by President Trump. The delay comes one day after Defense One published details from a draft of the report, which was slated to go to Congress on Aug. 1. The...

Pentagon Delays Space Force Report

July 31, 2018 The Pentagon will not release on Wednesday a much-anticipated report about how it plans to create the Space Force ordered by President Trump. The delay comes one day after Defense One published details from a draft of the report, which was slated to go to Congress on Aug. 1. The...

Pentagon To Start Creating Space Force — Even Before Congress Approves It

July 31, 2018 The U.S. Defense Department this week will take the first steps to create the Space Force, a new branch of the military ordered up by President Trump but not yet fully backed by Congress. In coming months, Defense Department leaders plan to stand up three of the four components of...

EXCLUSIVE: Pentagon To Start Creating Space Force — Even Before Congress Approves It

July 31, 2018 The U.S. Defense Department this week will take the first steps to create the Space Force, a new branch of the military ordered up by President Trump but not yet fully backed by Congress. In coming months, Defense Department leaders plan to stand up three of the four components of...

Mattis: No Pentagon Policy Changes Since Trump-Putin Helsinki Summit

July 30, 2018 The July 11 summit in Helsinki has not prompted any policy changes at the Pentagon, Defense Secretary James Mattis said Friday. During an impromptu briefing at the Pentagon, Mattis said he wasn’t doing anything different in Syria in the wake of the meeting between U.S. President Donald Trump and Russian...

Pentagon Creates ‘Do Not Buy’ List of Russian, Chinese Software

July 30, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The Pentagon is warning the military and its contractors not to use software it deems to have Russian and Chinese connections, according to the U.S. Defense Department’s acquisition chief. Officials have begun circulating a “Do Not Buy” list of software that does not meet “national security standards,” Ellen Lord, defense...