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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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Trump Declares National Emergency, Calling Government Border Drug Stats ‘Lies’

February 15, 2019 President Trump on Friday morning officially announced that he will sign a national emergency order so that he can redirect $8 billion to extend barriers on the country’s southern border. In a dark, rambling speech, he asserted that there is an “invasion” of the country “with drugs, with human traffickers,...

Trump Declares National Emergency, Calling Gov’t Border Drug Stats ‘Lies’

February 15, 2019 President Trump on Friday morning officially announced that he will sign a national emergency order so that he can redirect $8 billion to extend barriers on the country’s southern border. In a dark, rambling speech, he asserted that there is an “invasion” of the country “with drugs, with human traffickers,...

5G’s rise prompts spectrum worries; DOD aims to dodge budget caps; What’s gone at IDEX 2019; and more.

February 14, 2019 I first talked to a military official about the electromagnetic spectrum about a dozen years ago during a visit to Hill Air Force Base in Utah. The commander of the 84th Radar Evaluation Squadron was trying to figure out whether and how wind turbines could interfere with military equipment. These...

The Navy to Create Chief Learning Officer, Overhaul Sailor Education

February 13, 2019 A new Naval University, a new three-star training officer, and a new civilian “chief learning officer” top a list of education reforms intended to better prepare sailors and Marines for future conflicts, U.S. Navy officials said Tuesday. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer laid out these changes and more in a Feb....

The Air Force Has Won Control of the Space Force

February 13, 2019 Detailed planning for the proposed Space Force is expected to be handed over soon to the U.S. Air Force, a sign that Pentagon leaders — many of whom opposed the notion of consolidating military space operations in a new organization — have found a version that they can support. In...

US Navy to Create Chief Learning Officer, Overhaul Sailor Education

February 12, 2019 A new Naval University, a new three-star training officer, and a new civilian “chief learning officer” top a list of education reforms intended to better prepare sailors and Marines for future conflicts, U.S. Navy officials said Tuesday. Navy Secretary Richard Spencer laid out these changes and more in a Feb....

The US Air Force Has Won Control of the Space Force

February 12, 2019 Detailed planning for the proposed Space Force is expected to be handed over soon to the U.S. Air Force, a sign that Pentagon leaders — many of whom opposed the notion of consolidating military space operations in a new organization — have found a version that they can support. In...

DOD: Big companies move too slowly; SOCOM’s shopping list; 2020 budget reveal slips to March and more.

February 7, 2019 The defense industry is never shy about urging the Pentagon to move faster when buying everything from equipment to weapons. But this week, two top Pentagon acquisition officials turned the tables, saying that defense firms are moving too slowly themselves. First came James Smith, the acquisition executive for U.S. Special...

U.S. Navy Re-Evaluating 355-Ship Goal

February 4, 2019 The U.S. Navy is re-evaluating its goal of a 355-ship fleet as the Pentagon shifts to meet increased competition with Russia and China, the service’s top officer said Friday. “In light of the new National Defense Strategy and changes in the security environment since that was put out, we’re doing...

US Navy Re-Evaluating 355-Ship Goal

February 1, 2019 The U.S. Navy is re-evaluating its goal of a 355-ship fleet as the Pentagon shifts to meet increased competition with Russia and China, the service’s top officer said Friday. “In light of the new National Defense Strategy and changes in the security environment since that was put out, we’re doing...