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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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Robots and Lasers Are Bringing Shipbuilding into the Digital Age

May 5, 2019 NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — When the USS George Washington took shape here in the late 1980s, endless paper blueprints guided the welders and shipfitters of Newport News Shipbuilding. Now, with the aircraft carrier back in a drydock for its midlife overhaul, shipyard workers are laser-scanning its spaces and bulkheads. They’re...

How Enterprise will live on; USCG embraces small drones; Earnings, round 2; and more.

May 2, 2019 Sailors aboard the USS Harry Truman were not the only ones who cheered Tuesday as the White House rescinded its proposal to retire the aircraft carrier early. Six miles up the James River from the Truman’s berth at Norfolk Naval Station, executives at Newport News Shipbuilding exhaled in relief at...

Here's the U.S. Navy’s Drone Tanker, on the Road

April 30, 2019 A prototype of the Navy’s new MQ-25 carrier-based drone is expected to fly before year’s end, but it’s already taken a drive on the highway. On Sunday night, a gray test drone about the size of a F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet was loaded on a flatbed semi truck and...

Here's the US Navy’s Drone Tanker, on the Road

April 29, 2019 A prototype of the Navy’s new MQ-25 carrier-based drone is expected to fly before year’s end, but it’s already taken a drive on the highway. On Sunday night, a gray test drone about the size of a F/A-18 Super Hornet fighter jet was loaded on a flatbed semi truck and...

CEOs tout secret contracts; Icebreaker, attack helos ordered; Earnings breakdown; and more...

April 25, 2019 The Pentagon has been getting more secretive in recent years, pulling a veil over various kinds of information that has in the past been publicly available. Even military contracting seems to be affected. Listening to defense CEOs report their first-quarter earnings for 2019 this week, I heard a lot of...

Lockheed, Frustrated with US Air Force, Eyes Foreign F-35 Sales

April 24, 2019 Lockheed Martin is becoming increasingly frustrated that the U.S. Air Force will not increase its planned purchase of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, and suggested that growth might come instead from increased interest in Eastern Europe and Asia. “The frustrating piece for us is the U.S. Air Force,” Lockheed CFO Ken...

Lockheed, Frustrated with US Air Force, Eyes Foreign F-35 Sales

April 23, 2019 Lockheed Martin is becoming increasingly frustrated that the U.S. Air Force will not increase its planned purchase of F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, and suggested that growth might come instead from increased interest in Eastern Europe and Asia. “The frustrating piece for us is the U.S. Air Force,” Lockheed CFO Ken...

Earnings Week preview; Living with 5G; More Space Force trouble; DOD tries haute couture contracting

April 18, 2019 There’s nothing quite like a custom suit, so when Will Roper, the head of U.S. Air Force acquisition, used a tailoring analogy to describe the Pentagon’s relatively new buying authorities, he had my attention. Roper compared the Pentagon’s traditional buying regulations (called DoD 5000), to an off-the-rack suit. “It’s never...

New Nuclear Missiles' Cost Estimate Changes Again

April 17, 2019 The projected cost of new intercontinental ballistic missiles is expected to rise due to improvements needed to the Cold War-era silos that house the weapons, the commander of the U.S. Air Force nuclear weapons arsenal said Wednesday. But, Gen. Timothy Ray, head of Air Force Global Strike Command, said the...

Army Secretary Reveals Weapons Wishlist for War with China & Russia

April 16, 2019 U.S. Army leaders revealed Tuesday that they are briefing top military commanders about new weapons being built specifically for “high-intensity conflict” against China and Russia, in a new effort to assure that they could provide vital firepower for those potential battlefields of the future. Army Secretary Mark Esper said he...