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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 Grow the Military Without Buying More Ships, Planes, Tanks

February 21, 2018 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — At any given time, up to one-third of the haze-gray destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships based here are under significant repair. Some have white party tents erected on their decks, others are encased in scaffolding, and a few are lifted completely out of the...

How to Grow the Military Without Buying More Ships, Planes, Tanks

February 20, 2018 NAVAL BASE SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA — At any given time, up to one-third of the haze-gray destroyers, cruisers, and amphibious ships based here are under significant repair. Some have white party tents erected on their decks, others are encased in scaffolding, and a few are lifted completely out of the...

Inside the Pentagon’s 2019 budget request; GD to buy CSRA; Lockheed challenges Air Force data request and a lot more.

February 15, 2018 Making sense of the the Pentagon’s new budget request is a little difficult, but don’t worry, we’re here for you. The defense budget is on the rise, but as I wrote earlier in the week, it’s tough to measure the size of that increase. Why? Congress still hasn’t passed a...

Trump Said He Cut $1B from Air Force One's Price. His New Budget Says He Hasn't

February 14, 2018 Two new Air Force One aircraft are still projected to cost $4 billion, despite President Trump’s claims he negotiated with Boeing to take $1 billion off the price tag, Pentagon documents reveal. The figures appear in a document released as part of the U.S. Defense Department’s 2019 budget proposal. They...

Trump Said He Cut $1B from Air Force One’s Price. His New Budget Says He Hasn't

February 13, 2018 Two new Air Force One aircraft are still projected to cost $4 billion, despite President Trump’s claims he negotiated with Boeing to take $1 billion off the price tag, Pentagon documents reveal. The figures appear in a document released yesterday as part of the U.S. Defense Department’s 2019 budget proposal....

Trump Proposes 10% Bump for the Pentagon — Then Four Flat Years

February 13, 2018 The Trump administration is proposing $3.6 trillion in Pentagon spending over the next five years, a budget that defense officials said positions the military to better compete with China and Russia. But despite the sharp defense spending increases proposed on Monday, the massive military buildup of warships and combat aircraft...

Trump Proposes 10% Bump for the Pentagon — Then Four Flat Years

February 12, 2018 The Trump administration is proposing $3.6 trillion in Pentagon spending over the next five years, a budget that defense officials said positions the military to better compete with China and Russia. But despite the sharp defense spending increases proposed on Monday, the massive military buildup of warships and combat aircraft...

Pentagon Warns CEOs: Protect Your Data or Lose Our Contracts

February 8, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow SAN DIEGO — The Pentagon is warning defense-industry CEOs to better protect their computer networks or risk losing business. “The culture we need to get to is that we’re going to defend ourselves and that … we want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of...

Defense budget caps on ice; On the road with DepSecDef Shanahan; Ellen Lord’s thoughts on autonomy and R&D; and more.

February 8, 2018 It looks like the Budget Control Act will be neutralized for two fiscal years, though it may return to bedevil defense hawks in 2020 and 2021. So indulge me for one last musing about a pending government shutdown (which technically still looms at midnight, though Congress intends to pass a...

Two-Year Budget Deal Would Give Pentagon $700B in 2018

February 8, 2018 Senators struck a budget deal Wednesday that would provide steep increases in U.S. defense spending over the next two years — up more than 15 percent in 2018 alone, the largest boost in more than a decade and a half. The full agreement remains to be hammered out between the...