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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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Sequestration didn’t unduly affect small biz: report; Hunkering down for another CR; Where to invest, per the National Defense Strategy; and more

January 25, 2018 The recent three-day shutdown brought back a lot of memories of 2013, when the U.S. government closed for 16 days in October. It was a bad year, budget-wise; that March brought the sequestration spending cuts. So why does this matter now? At the time, many organizations claimed sequestration and budget...

Air Force One Needs New Refrigerators. They Cost $24 Million

January 24, 2018 Air Force One needs new refrigerators, an upgrade that will cost taxpayers nearly $24 million. Their high cost is the latest example of just how expensive it is to build the heavily modified 747 jumbo jets that fly the president of the United States. Experts say the reason isn’t price...

Why the Shutdown Didn’t Much Affect Defense Firms

January 23, 2018 Just days into the U.S. government shutdown in 2013, several defense companies threatened to furlough thousands of their employees whose jobs were tied to federal facilities or projects that were curtailed. This year, that did not happen. Some say it’s largely because executives wanted to wait to see how Monday’s...

Why the Shutdown Didn’t Much Affect Defense Firms

January 22, 2018 Just days into the U.S. government shutdown in 2013, several defense companies threatened to furlough thousands of their employees whose jobs were tied to federal facilities or projects that were curtailed. This year, that did not happen. Some say it’s largely because executives wanted to wait to see how Monday’s...

What Happened at the Defense Department During the 2013 Shutdown

January 18, 2018 Yes, I’m sick of writing about potential government shutdowns, but alas, here we go again. Since the fundamental issues creating the gridlock are largely the same, let’s flash back to 2013, the last time the government did in fact shut down. That 16-day shutdown affected the entire defense enterprise, from...

Lessons from the last shutdown; One-on-one with Bill LaPlante; Gen. Milley talks AI and more.

January 18, 2018 Yes, I’m sick of writing about potential government shutdowns, but alas, here we go again. Since the fundamental issues creating the gridlock are largely the same, let’s flash back to 2013, the last time the government did in fact shut down. That 16-day shutdown affected the entire defense enterprise, from...

Nuclear Command Network Would See Comprehensive Upgrade Under Trump Plan

January 16, 2018 For all the talk of new ICBMs and small nuclear weapons, the decades-old communications network that would enable U.S. commanders’ hurried pre-launch conversations and the launch orders themselves is in more dire need of an upgrade. The Trump administration is expected to call for widespread updates to the nuclear network...

Nuclear Command Network Would See Comprehensive Upgrade Under Trump Plan

January 15, 2018 For all the talk of new ICBMs and small nuclear weapons, the decades-old communications network that would enable U.S. commanders’ hurried pre-launch conversations and the launch orders themselves is in more dire need of an upgrade. The Trump administration is expected to call for widespread updates to the nuclear network...

The Pentagon’s Secrecy Is Undermining Its Quest for a Bigger Budget

January 11, 2018 If Pentagon leaders are seeking someone to blame for their budget woes, they need not look across the frozen Potomac to Capitol Hill, lawmakers say. Because as the military becomes less transparent, convincing Congress to fund a $700-billion defense budget gets increasingly difficult. Last March, Chief of Naval Operations Adm....

Lawmaker hits tight-lipped Pentagon; Q&A with Engility CEO; Another undisclosed Patriot buyer; and more...

January 11, 2018 Undersea drones were all the rage in the tightly packed exhibits at this week’s Surface Navy Association symposium. Now that’s partly because you can’t moor a destroyer outside the conference hotel, but it’s also a sign of the times as companies position themselves for what is expected to be a...