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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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The Futuristic Aircraft That May Replace the Black Hawk Will Fly Next Year

April 30, 2016 Next year will bring the first flights of the prototype rotorcraft vying to replace the Army’s venerable Black Hawk and other helicopters. But don’t expect the futuristic aircraft to hit battlefields for another decade and a half — unless their manufacturers find other customers first. The prototypes are being built...

The Increasingly Automated Hunt for Mobile Missile Launchers

April 28, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow The U.S. intelligence community is quietly experimenting with algorithms that might help keep tabs on mobile missile launchers like the ones North Korea has used in recent tests, affording more warning before an attack. The goal of the $10 million project is to train computers to pick out launcher-shaped objects...

The Increasingly Automated Hunt for Mobile Missile Launchers

April 28, 2016 The U.S. intelligence community is quietly experimenting with algorithms that might help keep tabs on mobile missile launchers like the ones North Korea has used in recent tests, affording more warning before an attack. The goal of the $10 million project is to train computers to pick out launcher-shaped objects...

Here's What It Would Take to Get More F-22s

April 25, 2016 U.S. lawmakers have asked the Air Force about the possibility of restarting production of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, an endeavor that would be far more complicated than signing a check and flipping the lights back on. In its review of the 2017 defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services...

Want More F-22s? Here’s What That Would Take

April 22, 2016 U.S. lawmakers have asked the Air Force about the possibility of restarting production of the F-22 Raptor fighter jet, an endeavor that would be far more complicated than signing a check and flipping the lights back on. In its review of the 2017 defense authorization bill, the House Armed Services...

Retaking A Booby-Trapped City, With U.S. Help

April 20, 2016 In the seven months that ISIS controlled Ramadi, its militants laced the Iraqi city with bombs and other booby traps intended to maim and kill government troops. When they were finally flushed out in December, they abandoned caches of explosives and other weapons. Now an American firm has arrived to...

Retaking A Booby-Trapped City, With US Help

April 19, 2016 In the seven months that ISIS controlled Ramadi, its militants laced the Iraqi city with bombs and other booby traps intended to maim and kill government troops. When they were finally flushed out in December, they abandoned caches of explosives and other weapons. Now an American firm has arrived to...

Will the United States Establish Air Traffic Controllers For Space?

April 14, 2016 COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The world’s spacefaring nations need the orbital equivalent of air traffic controllers — the cool professionals who guide planes from airport to airport — to direct satellites and other spacecraft in their increasingly crowded flight paths above the Earth’s atmosphere, U.S. officials say. They envision a...

Do We Need Air Traffic Controllers For Space?

April 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow COLORADO SPRINGS, Colorado — The world’s spacefaring nations need the orbital equivalent of air traffic controllers — the cool professionals who guide planes from airport to airport — to direct satellites and other spacecraft in their increasingly crowded flight paths above the Earth’s atmosphere, U.S. officials say. They envision a...

The Air Force’s Next Chief Might Be Its Space-War General

April 14, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Gen. John Hyten’s office is 7,000 miles from the battlefields of Iraq and Syria, but the men and women he commands help guide just about every bomb dropped on an Islamic State target. Still, it’s another theater entirely that worries the head of Air Force Space...