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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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Marines to Buy New Amphibious Combat Vehicle from BAE Systems

June 19, 2018 The U.S. Marine Corps has chosen BAE Systems to build new Amphibious Combat Vehicles, kicking off the long-awaited replacement of the four-decade-old armored personnel carriers that currently carry Marines from ship to shore. BAE’s eight-wheeled vehicle beat out a similar one pitched by SAIC. The contract awarded Tuesday orders 30...

What Trump’s Space Force Announcement Means

June 18, 2018 President Donald Trump said Monday that he had directed the Pentagon to establish a Space Force, describing it as a sixth branch of the U.S. military. It would be the first time the Pentagon has stood up a new service since the Air Force received its independence after World War...

What Trump’s Space Force Announcement Means

June 18, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Donald Trump said Monday that he had directed the Pentagon to establish a Space Force, describing it as a sixth branch of the U.S. military. It would be the first time the Pentagon has stood up a new service since the Air Force received its independence after World War II....

What Trump’s Space Force Announcement Means

June 18, 2018 Donald Trump said Monday that he had directed the Pentagon to establish a Space Force, describing it as a sixth branch of the U.S. military. It would be the first time the Pentagon has stood up a new service since the Air Force received its independence after World War II....

F-35 axes Northrop sensor; SOCOM ups glide-bomb order; Microsoft pitches AI; and more.

June 14, 2018 When I went to see F-35 Joint Strike Fighters being built at Lockheed Martin’s factory in Fort Worth a few years ago, folks there spent a good amount of time talking about how dozens of small projects could shave millions of dollars from the jet’s price tag in the coming...

Predicting When Weapons Will Break is a Hot New Market. Microsoft Wants In.

June 13, 2018 As the Pentagon shops for technology that can predict when its weapons might break, Microsoft (MSFT) is shopping its artificial intelligence to defense decision makers in Washington. The firm’s touting its technology comes as companies large and small look to score deals in this emerging military market. “Using a lot...

US to India: Buy American, Not Russian

June 8, 2018 Even as India prepares to buy advanced missiles from Russia — a potentially sanctionable action — a top U.S. diplomat touted the “strategic importance” of the relationship between Washington and New Delhi. Russia has long been India’s top weapons supplier, but the U.S. has been gaining. Since 2008, Delhi has...

Ash Carter’s pointed message to Silicon Valley; Great-power contracts; Northrop closes Orbital deal; and a bit more.

June 7, 2018 Ash Carter never had a particularly high public profile as defense secretary, and he’s been even quieter since stepping down 17 months ago. So defense observers paid attention when he popped up this week at MITRE Corp., speaking in the wake of Google’s decision to bail on a Pentagon artificial...

Scrapped: $24M Plan to Replace Refrigerators On Air Force One

June 5, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. Air Force has scrapped a $24 million plan to buy new refrigerators for its presidential jets, according to Pentagon documents released Monday by Rep. Joe Coutrney. “The Air Force, working with the White House Military Office, recently reviewed the investment for the VC-25A chiller replacement and jointly decided...

Scrapped: $24M Plan to Replace Refrigerators On Air Force One

June 5, 2018 The U.S. Air Force has scrapped a $24 million plan to buy new refrigerators for its presidential jets, according to Pentagon documents released Monday by Rep. Joe Coutrney. “The Air Force, working with the White House Military Office, recently reviewed the investment for the VC-25A chiller replacement and jointly decided...