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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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MIA in 2019: Boeing’s tanker, the missile defense review — and a confirmed SecDef

January 3, 2019 You call that a vacation? Welcome to 2019, where it’s shaping up to be an eventful January. I wrote you last on Dec. 20, which turned out to be quite the day. That evening, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis submitted his resignation to President Trump, saying the president would be better...

Trump Kicks Mattis Out Early, Names Shanahan Acting Defense Secretary

December 23, 2018 Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1, President Trump tweeted on Sunday, ending Mattis’s tenure two months prior to his planned resignation date. “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the...

Trump Kicks Mattis Out Early, Names Shanahan Acting Defense Secretary

December 23, 2018 Deputy Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan will replace outgoing Defense Secretary Jim Mattis on Jan. 1, President Trump tweeted on Sunday, ending Mattis’s tenure two months prior to his planned resignation date. “I am pleased to announce that our very talented Deputy Secretary of Defense, Patrick Shanahan, will assume the...

Hard-Nosed Pentagon Negotiator Removed From Job; Racked Up Huge Travel Costs

December 21, 2018 Trump administration officials are removing the Pentagon’s top weapon buying negotiator, who racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs and pushed a controversial plan to slow payments to defense contractors, Defense One has learned. Shay Assad, a senior Defense Department bureaucrat, is being reassigned to a post...

Hard-Nosed Pentagon Negotiator Removed From Job; Racked Up Huge Travel Costs

December 21, 2018 Trump administration officials are removing the Pentagon’s top weapon buying negotiator, who racked up hundreds of thousands of dollars in travel costs and pushed a controversial plan to slow payments to defense contractors, Defense One has learned. Shay Assad, a senior Defense Department bureaucrat, is being reassigned to a post...

What to expect in 2019; Patriots for Turkey; GD warns Canada, and lots more.

December 20, 2018 As we wrap up one year and look forward to the next, one story seems likely to dominate industry attention in the New Year: the defense budget, for all of the reasons you’ve read here in recent weeks. Budget caps return, Democrats control the House, and there’s a $100 billion...

Trump’s Space Force Request Is Coming — But Final Form Remains Hazy

December 18, 2018 President Trump is set to sign off on a policy directive ordering the creation of a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday. The move is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves needed before the administration sends Congress a formal proposal...

Trump’s Space Force Request Is Coming — But Final Form Remains Hazy

December 18, 2018 President Trump is set to sign off on a policy directive ordering the creation of a Space Force, a sixth branch of the military, Vice President Mike Pence said Tuesday. The move is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves needed before the administration sends Congress a formal proposal...

US Army Narrows Search For Light Tank to Two Companies

December 18, 2018 The U.S. Army will evaluate light tanks built by General Dynamics and BAE Systems as it moves ahead with plans to field some 500 of the armored vehicles. While the Army is not yet buying large quantities of these tanks, the Mobile Protected Firepower project is another sign of how...

2020 defense spending outlook: ¯\_(ツ)_/¯; Don't forget the budget caps; F-35 combat tests start; and more...

December 13, 2018 The talk of the town is the Pentagon’s fiscal 2020 budget request, due to the Hill in just two months. To review: Just a few weeks back, everything seemed to be pointing toward the planned $733 billion request. Then the White House instructed the Pentagon to cut that request to...