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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 Taps Shanahan To Lead Defense, Ending Months of Speculation

May 10, 2019 President Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive and the No. 2 civilian official at the Pentagon, as his defense secretary, the White House announced Thursday. “Based upon his outstanding service to the Country and his demonstrated ability to lead, President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan...

Trump Taps Shanahan To Lead DOD, Ending Months of Speculation

May 9, 2019 President Trump will nominate Patrick Shanahan, a former Boeing executive and the No. 2 civilian official at the Pentagon, as his defense secretary, the White House announced Thursday. “Based upon his outstanding service to the Country and his demonstrated ability to lead, President Trump intends to nominate Patrick M. Shanahan...

CBO: Space Force Could Cost $3B Up Front, $1.3B Annually

May 9, 2019 Standing up a Space Force could cost taxpayers about $3 billion up front and add $1.3 billion to the Pentagon’s annual budget, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis. While CBO did not analyze the Pentagon’s specific Space Force proposal, the organization’s report could influence the lawmakers who are...

'Mind-blowing' satellite tracker, F-35A price drop; Who's backing Space Force; and more

May 9, 2019 U.S. defense officials have long warned that Russian satellites have been maneuvering around America’s own satellites — but seeing it happen in 3D is a rather mind-blowing experience. There was Russia’s mysterious Luch satellite parked right next to an Intelsat satellite. Not far away was a U.S. Air Force WGS...

CBO: Space Force Could Cost $3B Up Front, $1.3B Annually

May 8, 2019 Standing up a Space Force could cost taxpayers about $3 billion up front and add $1.3 billion to the Pentagon’s annual budget, according to a new Congressional Budget Office analysis. While CBO did not analyze the Pentagon’s specific Space Force proposal, the organization’s report could influence the lawmakers who are...

Price Drop: Lockheed Pitches $80M F-35A to Pentagon

May 8, 2019 Lockheed Martin is offering to come down more than 10% on the price of the least-expensive F-35 as it negotiates the largest sale yet of Joint Strike Fighters. The company is offering to sell the Pentagon about 100 F-35As — the version flown by the U.S. Air Force and most...

Price Drop: Lockheed Pitches $80M F-35A to Pentagon

May 7, 2019 Lockheed Martin is offering to come down more than 10% on the price of the least-expensive F-35 as it negotiates the largest sale yet of Joint Strike Fighters. The company is offering to sell the Pentagon about 100 F-35As — the version flown by the U.S. Air Force and most...

Don’t Expect the Military’s Next Fighter to Be Joint

May 7, 2019 After two decades of working side-by-side on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the U.S. Navy and Air Force won’t be teaming to build a successor jet, a top Navy official said. “I don’t necessarily foresee an exact sort of repeat of F-35 in a single solution set.” Angie Knappenberger, deputy...

Don’t Expect the US Military’s Next Fighter to Be Joint

May 6, 2019 After two decades of working side-by-side on the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, the U.S. Navy and Air Force won’t be teaming to build a successor jet, a top Navy official said. “I don’t necessarily foresee an exact sort of repeat of F-35 in a single solution set,” Angie Knappenberger, deputy...

Robots and Lasers Are Bringing Shipbuilding into the Digital Age

May 6, 2019 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — When the USS George Washington took shape here in the late 1980s, endless paper blueprints guided the welders and shipfitters of Newport News Shipbuilding. Now, with the aircraft carrier back in a drydock for its midlife overhaul, shipyard workers are laser-scanning its spaces and bulkheads. They’re...