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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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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...

Spy chiefs beg for security holes; 1-on-1 with Raytheon’s missile-defense chief; USAF fleet costs rise; and more...

September 6, 2018 What would keep us safer? Making computers and other devices as secure as possible, or adding a backdoor for “government use only"? The latter, say the intelligence services of the Five Eyes — that is, the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, Australia and New Zealand — who this week...

Lockheed Pitching F-22/F-35 Hybrid to US Air Force

August 30, 2018 Lockheed Martin is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new variant of the F-22 Raptor, equipped with the F-35’s more modern mission avionics and some structural changes, Defense One has learned. It is one of several options being shopped to the U.S. military and allies as Lockheed explores how...

Who will don McCain’s watchdog mantle?; A look at niche players; Lockheed bets on underwater tech; and more.

August 30, 2018 Sen. John McCain, who died on Saturday after a yearlong bout with brain cancer, was feared within the defense industry and Pentagon’s acquisition ranks. No one wanted their program to draw the senator’s ire. All dreaded his summons to testify to Congress. And that’s the way he liked it. In...

Will auto tariffs hurt Pentagon suppliers?; How to win Army contracts; UK F-35 trials; and more.

August 23, 2018 Will President Trump’s proposed tariffs against foreign-made cars affect the U.S. defense industrial base? That is a question being pondered inside the Pentagon, and beyond. Today — Thurs., Aug. 23 — Nazak Nikakthar, assistant commerce secretary for industry and analysis, and Eric Chewning, deputy assistant defense secretary for industrial policy,...

Pentagon Spending $34M to Make Presidential Jets More Posh

August 17, 2018 Over the past year, the Pentagon has awarded more than $34 million to install luxurious interiors in two of President Trump’s back-up Air Force One aircraft, which are also often used by the first lady and cabinet secretaries, according to U.S. Defense Department documents. The Boeing 757s require “an appearance...

Pentagon Spending $34M to Make Presidential Jets More Posh

August 16, 2018 Over the past year, the Pentagon has awarded more than $34 million to install luxurious interiors in two of President Trump’s back-up Air Force One aircraft, which are also often used by the first lady and cabinet secretaries, according to U.S. Defense Department documents. The Boeing 757s require “an appearance...

Air Force One savings, explained; Upgraded C-5s sit idle; Mitre’s supply-chain report; and more.

August 16, 2018 Six months after the White House said President Trump saved taxpayers $1.4 billion for two new Air Force One aircraft, service officials have offered an explanation for that figure. But first, let’s recap how we got here. Here’s a timeline of contract awards to Boeing and other significant Air Force...