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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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Earnings Week preview; Living with 5G; More Space Force trouble; DOD tries haute couture contracting

April 18, 2019 There’s nothing quite like a custom suit, so when Will Roper, the head of U.S. Air Force acquisition, used a tailoring analogy to describe the Pentagon’s relatively new buying authorities, he had my attention. Roper compared the Pentagon’s traditional buying regulations (called DoD 5000), to an off-the-rack suit. “It’s never...

New Nuclear Missiles' Cost Estimate Changes Again

April 17, 2019 The projected cost of new intercontinental ballistic missiles is expected to rise due to improvements needed to the Cold War-era silos that house the weapons, the commander of the U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons arsenal said Wednesday. But, Gen. Timothy Ray, head of Air Force Global Strike Command, said the...

Army Secretary Reveals Weapons Wishlist for War with China & Russia

April 16, 2019 U.S. Army leaders revealed Tuesday that they are briefing top military commanders about new weapons being built specifically for “high-intensity conflict” against China and Russia, in a new effort to assure that they could provide vital firepower for those potential battlefields of the future. Army Secretary Mark Esper said he...

In Win for Bolton, International Criminal Court Will Not Prosecute US Troops

April 12, 2019 The International Criminal Court will not investigate alleged war crimes in Afghanistan by the U.S. and its allies in the early days of the War on Terror, rejecting a request from the chief prosecutor to launch a formal probe into the matter and handing an ideological victory to National Security...

‘Space Week’ friction, enthusiasm; Tanker deliveries resume; F-35 bits found on ocean floor

April 11, 2019 As the Air Force C-32 winged its way toward Colorado Springs on Monday, aides to Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan enthusiastically looked forward to what they had dubbed “Space Week.” We were en route to the Space Symposium, perhaps the world’s foremost annual gathering of top space professionals — military,...

'Space Force' Windfall Unclear for Eager Defense Companies

April 10, 2019 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — As the Pentagon reorganizes its oversight of space and figures out the right mix of its future satellites, a similar transformation is going on with companies who build the spacecraft, rockets, and technology the Defense Department seeks. Traditional large defense firms and small commercial startups are...

Shanahan Touts Unity in Space-Force Pitch, But Disagreements Clearly Remain

April 9, 2019 COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — This was supposed to be a week in which Pentagon leaders would “share our thinking and lay out our unified, whole-of-government plan to ensure U.S. leadership” in space. But less than an hour after Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan uttered those words, It became clear that...

Shanahan Touts Unity in Space-Force Pitch, But Disagreements Clearly Remain

April 9, 2019 COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — This was supposed to be a week in which Pentagon leaders would “share our thinking and lay out our unified, whole-of-government plan to ensure U.S. leadership” in space. But less than an hour after Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan uttered those words, It became clear that...

Sorry, Florida, Looks Like You’re Not Getting U.S. Space Command

April 9, 2019 COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — Despite Florida lawmakers’ push to land the military’s newest command, the Pentagon is not considering any locations in the state, according to Air Force documents. Four bases in Colorado, one in California, and one in Alabama are among the locations under consideration, according to an Air...

Sorry, Florida, Looks Like You’re Not Getting US Space Command

April 8, 2019 COLORADO SPRINGS, COLORADO — Despite Florida lawmakers’ push to land the military’s newest command, the Pentagon is not considering any locations in the state, according to Air Force documents. Four bases in Colorado, one in California, and one in Alabama are among the locations under consideration, according to an Air...