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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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An Italian-Designed, American-Built Helicopter Will Replace U.S. Air Force Hueys

September 26, 2018 Almost two decades after the U.S. Air Force started trying to replace the Vietnam-era helicopters that patrol missile fields and stand by to evacuate senior officials, the service announced Monday that it has placed an initial order of MH-139 helicopters with the team of Boeing and Italian defense firm Leonardo....

An Italian-Designed, American-Built Helicopter Will Replace US Air Force Hueys

September 24, 2018 Almost two decades after the U.S. Air Force started trying to replace the Vietnam-era helicopters that patrol missile fields and stand by to evacuate senior officials, the service announced Monday that it has placed an initial order of MH-139 helicopters with the team of Boeing and Italian defense firm Leonardo....

USAF’s Space Force Cost-Estimate Is Likely Too High: Analyst

September 21, 2018 The U.S. Air Force says it will cost $13 billion over five years to create a Space Force. A noted budget estimate disagrees. “This is the highest estimate I think you could possibly come up with,” said Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and...

USAF’s Space Force Cost-Estimate Is Likely Too High: Analyst

September 20, 2018 The U.S. Air Force says it will cost $13 billion over five years to create a Space Force. A noted budget estimate disagrees. “This is the highest estimate I think you could possibly come up with,” said Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and...

Bezos encourages military to experiment; 1-on-1 with Lockheed Aero’s new chief; Pence drops into AFA; and a bit more.

September 20, 2018 Jeff Bezos, whose Blue Origin rockets may one day hoist military payloads, came to the Air Force Association’s Air, Space, and Cyber conference this week to talk about innovation. Specifically, the world’s richest man told his audience, the military should experiment more if it wants to innovate. “To be innovative,...

Pentagon Appears to Concede USAF Point in Space Force Tug-of-War

September 19, 2018 The Pentagon might not need a new satellite-acquisition agency after all. On Friday, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson sent Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan a 16-page memo pushing back on various aspects of his plans to reshape how the U.S. military buys and operates its space assets. Among other things,...

Why 386 Squadrons? Air Force Says It’ll Have the Data Next Year

September 18, 2018 Why 386? With great fanfare, U.S. Air Force leaders on Monday announced they need 386 operational squadrons — a 25 percent increase to the fleet — and 40,000 more airmen to execute President Trump’s new National Defense Strategy which focuses on countering China and Russia. This week’s annual Air Force...

Creating Space Force Will Cost $13B Over 5 Years: USAF Secretary

September 17, 2018 Standing up the Pentagon’s new Space Force will cost nearly $13 billion over five years, according to U.S. Air Force estimates, Defense One has learned. That estimate is included in a Sept. 14 memo from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. In the 16-page memo,...

Air Force Pushes Back on Pentagon’s First Blueprints for Trump’s Space Force

September 17, 2018 Standing up the Pentagon’s new Space Force will cost nearly $13 billion over five years, according to U.S. Air Force estimates, Defense One has learned. That estimate is included in a Sept. 14 memo from Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson to Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan. In the 16-page memo,...

Deficit soars; 1-on-1 with Leonardo’s Bill Lynn; AFA preview; and more.

September 13, 2018 The federal deficit is soaring, which is what happens when you cut taxes and spend more. A new report from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office lays it out: the deficit for fiscal 2018 will be $895 billion, some $222 billion more than last year’s. And in fiscal 2019? It’s on...