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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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Will Trump Really Cut Defense Spending by 5%? It’s Way Too Early To Say

October 26, 2018 The U.S. military will indeed be affected by a 5 percent cut in federal spending ordered by President Trump at a cabinet meeting last week, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan said Friday. “We will do as directed by the president and give him a $700 billion budget and then everybody...

Boeing's lowball+longterm strategy; Trump meets defense CEOs; Space Force advice, and more.

October 25, 2018 Boeing executives often tout the company’s “One Boeing” vision, meaning the firm’s divisions aren’t stovepiped. It appears we’re seeing another example of this in the way Boeing is approaching big defense contracts. “I'd actually say the MQ and T-X are really more looking at it like we typically do and...

Pentagon Officials Debating How Fast to Launch Space Force, Deputy Says

October 24, 2018 Pentagon officials drawing up the blueprints for its future Space Force are debating which of the Defense Department’s space-related missions to transfer immediately into the new sixth branch of the military. “The Space Force will get built out over time,” said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday after a...

Pentagon Officials Debating How Fast to Launch Space Force, Deputy Says

October 23, 2018 Pentagon officials drawing up the blueprints for its future Space Force are debating which of the Defense Department’s space-related missions to transfer immediately into the new sixth branch of the military. “The Space Force will get built out over time,” said Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Tuesday after a...

Here’s The Pentagon’s Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

October 22, 2018 The U.S. Space Force will include uniformed service members drawn from the Air Force, Navy and Army — but it is not expected to include the National Reconnaissance Office mission, according an internal draft of the Pentagon’s plan to create a sixth branch of the military. Defense One reviewed a...

Here’s The Pentagon’s Initial Plan For Creating a Space Force

October 22, 2018 The U.S. Space Force will include uniformed service members drawn from the Air Force, Navy and Army — but it is not expected to include the National Reconnaissance Office mission, according an internal draft of the Pentagon’s plan to create a sixth branch of the military. Defense One reviewed a...

Mattis Asks Trump to OK Space Command, Pick Leaders

October 22, 2018 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked President Trump to approve the creation of a new military headquarters for space warfare, as Pentagon officials proposed earlier this summer. The request is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves made inside the Pentagon in recent weeks that set the stage...

Mattis Asks Trump to OK US Space Command, Pick Leaders

October 19, 2018 U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis has asked President Trump to approve the creation of a new military headquarters for space warfare, as Pentagon officials proposed earlier this summer. The request is the latest in a series of bureaucratic moves made inside the Pentagon in recent weeks that set the stage...

CEO Q&A: L3's Chris Kubasik and Harris’s Bill Brown

October 18, 2018 On Sunday, just after L3 Technologies and Harris Corp. announced their planned merger next year, I chatted with CEOs Chris Kubasik and Bill Brown about their plans to form L3 Harris Technologies, which would be the world's 7th-largest defense firm. Here are some excerpts. Q. How did this come together?...

US Army’s next-gen maps app; L3, Harris CEOs talk merger; 3D-printing ship parts, and more.

October 18, 2018 When we talk about “great power competition” with Russia and China, folks seem to think of things like stealth bombers, hardened tanks and hypersonic cruise missiles. But the U.S. Army is pinning a good chunk of its hopes for a battlefield edge on an app for laptop computers. It’s not...