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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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White House Proposes Loan Fund to Help Allies Buy US Arms

March 11, 2019 The Trump administration wants to make it easier for partners and allies abroad to buy U.S. weapons and other defense equipment in an effort to draw them away from shopping with China and Russia, reviving a failed effort from the early days of the administration. A State Department official said...

Here’s What We Know About the Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Request

March 11, 2019 The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $750 billion budget for fiscal 2020 under a spending plan that is already facing criticism from Democrats and Republicans. Trump administration officials said Monday that the defense budget request “enhances the military’s readiness and lethality, prioritizing strategic competition with China and Russia,”...

BREAKING: SecAF Wilson quitting; WH plan charges allies for protection; Captain Marvel’s DC opening with the USAF; And a bit more.

March 8, 2019 Developing: U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is quitting to pursue a career in the world of academia on May 31, Reuters reports in a decision few Pentagon-watchers openly predicted would happen quite so soon. News of Wilson’s departure comes a day after an Oval Office meeting between President Trump...

What we know, and don’t, about the FY20 budget request; Navy’s next frigate; Eyes on 5G

March 7, 2019 Budget Day, that day of revelations when the sitting administration sends its federal spending proposal to Congress, is upon us again — albeit a month later than usual, thanks to a partial government shutdown. We already know a bit about the 2020 defense request (certainly, more than when then-Defense Secretary...

Top NATO General: Don’t Sell F-35 To Turkey If It Buys Russian SAMs

March 5, 2019 The United States should not sell Turkey the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if Ankara buys anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander, said Tuesday. A team of U.S. officials is in Turkey today, meeting with Turkish officials about their planned purchase of the S-400, one of...

Don’t Sell F-35 To Turkey If It Buys Russian SAMs: Top NATO General

March 5, 2019 The United States should not sell Turkey the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if Ankara buys anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander, said Tuesday. A team of U.S. officials is in Turkey today, meeting with Turkish officials about their planned purchase of the S-400, one of...

Legislative Hurdle Delays U.S. Space Command Stand-Up

March 1, 2019 Pentagon leaders wanted U.S. Space Command, a new joint combatant command for space warfighting, up and running by the end of 2018. Two full months into 2019, Congress has yet to repeal a law that is preventing the command’s creation, according to defense and Trump administration officials. Here’s the problem....

Legislative Hurdle Delays US Space Command Stand-Up

February 28, 2019 Pentagon leaders wanted U.S. Space Command, a new joint combatant command for space warfighting, up and running by the end of 2018. Two full months into 2019, Congress has yet to repeal a law that is preventing the command’s creation, according to defense and Trump administration officials. Here’s the problem....

Wait, how many generals for Space Force?; Radar battle heats up; Boeing’s combat drones

February 28, 2019 JUST IN: The Pentagon has sent its legislative proposal to create a U.S. Space Force within the Air Force to lawmakers on Capitol Hill, three defense officials tell Defense One. The proposal, which has evolved greatly since defense officials began working on it last summer, calls on lawmakers to approve...

No Military Threat on Southern U.S. Border, Says NORTHCOM Commander

February 26, 2019 There is no military threat on the U.S. border with Mexico, the general in charge of defending the United States from foreign attacks told lawmakers Tuesday. The comments by Air Force Gen. Terrence O'Shaughnessy come as more than 5,000 military troops are deployed to in support of federal law enforcement...