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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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No-Bid Maintenance Contract Sweetens Air Force One Deal for Boeing

July 24, 2018 Boeing’s deal to turn two 747s into flying White Houses is actually somewhat sweeter than its initial $3.9 billion price tag. A newly released Air Force contract document shows that the Chicago-based aerospace giant will also receive a no-bid contract likely worth hundreds of millions of dollars to maintain the...

What we learned at Farnborough; One-on-one with Raytheon CEO; Planes and lots more.

July 19, 2018 Folks attending the Farnborough Air Show in England this week talked about two things in short supply: news and noise. To be sure, major arms deals are rarely expected here (or in Paris), both shows where the commercial market. It’s not Dubai, where a secretive government might announce a multibillion-dollar...

Boeing Is Pitching the U.S. a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan

July 18, 2018 FARNBOROUGH, UK — Boeing is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new F-15 fighter jet using the same business strategy that convinced the Trump administration to buy more Super Hornet warplanes for the Navy. Dubbed the F-15X, the new variant of the venerable jet offers more modern flight controls,...

Boeing Is Pitching the US a New F-15, Using Its Super Hornet Game Plan

July 18, 2018 FARNBOROUGH, UK — Boeing is quietly pitching the U.S. Air Force a new F-15 fighter jet using the same business strategy that convinced the Trump administration to buy more Super Hornet warplanes for the Navy. Dubbed the F-15X, the new variant of the venerable jet offers more modern flight controls,...

The Air Force Wants More Commercial Companies Working AI Projects

July 18, 2018 FARNBOROUGH, UK — The U.S. Air Force wants more companies to work on its artificial intelligence and software projects. “I don’t think we’re attracting enough people,” WIll Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, said Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show. “Whether they’re the right people or...

US Air Force Wants More Commercial Companies Working AI Projects

July 17, 2018 FARNBOROUGH, UK — The U.S. Air Force wants more companies to work on its artificial intelligence and software projects. “I don’t think we’re attracting enough people,” WIll Roper, the assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, said Tuesday at the Farnborough Air Show. “Whether they’re the right people or...

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

July 17, 2018 FARNBOROUGH, UK — The Pentagon could stop awarding contracts to companies whose weapons are deemed vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to senior U.S. Defense Department officials. Today, companies are responsible for assessing whether their own products meet DoD cybersecurity standards. “Because of a couple recent events, we realized that that...

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

July 17, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow FARNBOROUGH, U.K. — The Pentagon could stop awarding contracts to companies whose weapons are deemed vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to senior U.S. Defense Department officials. Today, companies are responsible for assessing whether their own products meet DoD cybersecurity standards. “Because of a couple recent events, we realized that that...

If Your Weapons Aren’t Cyber-Hardened, Expect to Lose Pentagon Contracts

July 17, 2018 FARNBOROUGH, UK — The Pentagon could stop awarding contracts to companies whose weapons are deemed vulnerable to cyber attacks, according to senior U.S. Defense Department officials. Today, companies are responsible for assessing whether their own products meet DoD cybersecurity standards. “Because of a couple recent events, we realized that that...

At UK Air Show, CEOs and Military Leaders Talk Trump, Tariffs, and Allies

July 15, 2018 ROYAL AIR FORCE FAIRFORD, UK — While President Trump sharply criticized U.K. leaders during his visit to London this week, a different scene was playing out at this military airfield about 100 miles to the west. Surrounded by the sheep pastures of Gloucestershire, military leaders from across Europe, Africa, and...