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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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Here’s The Pentagon’s Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

October 22, 2018 The U.S. Space Force will include uniformed service members drawn from the Air Force, Navy and Army — but it is not expected to include the National Reconnaissance Office mission, according an internal draft of the Pentagon’s plan to create a sixth branch of the military. Defense One reviewed a...

Here’s The Pentagon’s Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

October 22, 2018 The U.S. Space Force will include uniformed service members drawn from the Air Force, Navy and Army — but it is not expected to include the National Reconnaissance Office mission, according an internal draft of the Pentagon’s plan to create a sixth branch of the military. Defense One reviewed a...

Mattis Asks Trump to OK Space Command, Pick Leaders

October 22, 2018 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked President Trump to approve the creation of a new military headquarters for space warfare, as Pentagon officials proposed earlier this summer. The request is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves made inside the Pentagon in recent weeks that set the stage...

Mattis Asks Trump to OK US Space Command, Pick Leaders

October 19, 2018 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked President Trump to approve the creation of a new military headquarters for space warfare, as Pentagon officials proposed earlier this summer. The request is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves made inside the Pentagon in recent weeks that set the stage...

CEO Q&A: L3's Chris Kubasik and Harris’s Bill Brown

October 18, 2018 On Sunday, just after L3 Technologies and Harris Corp. announced their planned merger next year, I chatted with CEOs Chris Kubasik and Bill Brown about their plans to form L3 Harris Technologies, which would be the world's 7th-largest defense firm. Here are some excerpts. Q. How did this come together?...

US Army’s next-gen maps app; L3, Harris CEOs talk merger; 3D-printing ship parts, and more.

October 18, 2018 When we talk about “great power competition” with Russia and China, folks seem to think of things like stealth bombers, hardened tanks and hypersonic cruise missiles. But the U.S. Army is pinning a good chunk of its hopes for a battlefield edge on an app for laptop computers. It’s not...

Khashoggi Situation Won’t Stop Saudi Arms Sales, But Could Slow Them

October 15, 2018 The suspected death of journalist Jamal Khashoggi inside the Saudi consulate in Istanbul has inflamed simmering calls on Capitol Hill for the U.S. to reject arms sales to Riyadh, but it’s far from clear that lawmakers will curtail billions of dollars in approved deals already slated for the kingdom. President...

L3, Harris CEOs: Merger Will Help Compete Against Top Contractors

October 14, 2018 What started as a social relationship between L3 Technologies CEO Chris Kubasik and Harris CEO Bill Brown led to Sunday’s announcement that the two firms intend to merge, creating a new $16 billion aerospace company that would be one of the largest defense contractors in America. Brown, in a joint...

Defense firms jockey for Army business; F-35s grounded; One-on-one with DynCorp CEO; and a bit more.

October 11, 2018 The shift to what we’re calling great-power competition was already visible three years ago, when the tanks and armored vehicles at the Association of the U.S. Army convention began to appear in forest-green paint jobs instead of the desert tan that had predominated for more than a decade. Fast-forward to...

Here's the US Army's New Russia-Era Shopping List

October 11, 2018 Russia’s invasion of Ukraine forced the U.S. Army to rethink its needs, from better cyber security to longer-ranged artillery cannons, according to the commander of the service’s new Futures Command. “That was kind of the wake-up call in terms of the capabilities that the Russians had been developing since about...