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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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Foreign Weapons Get a Closer Look as the Pentagon Races to Rearm

October 10, 2018 Deep inside the Washington Convention Center, underneath the bright-white-and-red logo of one of America’s biggest defense firms, sat a green-hulled armored vehicle with a curiously angular gun housing — and an even more curious pitch for customers who generally buy American. Raytheon has high hopes for the Lynx, a new...

Trump Wants Chinese Parts Out of American Weapons

October 5, 2018 The Pentagon intends to invest in domestic manufacturing to reduce its over-reliance on Chinese and other foreign-made parts in American weapons, top defense officials said Thursday. The U.S. reliance on China is one of many areas discussed in a 146-page report about the health of the defense industrial base that...

Trump Wants Chinese Parts Out of American Weapons

October 4, 2018 The Pentagon intends to invest in domestic manufacturing to reduce its over-reliance on Chinese and other foreign-made parts in American weapons, top defense officials said Thursday. The U.S. reliance on China is one of many areas discussed in a 146-page report about the health of the defense industrial base that...

New details on Space Force proposal; Bell CEO talks V-280; DoD reverses course on proposed rule; and just a bit more...

October 4, 2018 One of the prime movers behind the Pentagon’s Space Force plans, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan, gathered a few reporters on Wednesday where he disclosed new details on the legislative proposal that his team is working up to support the creation of a new service branch. Space Force Budget Estimate:...

F-35 Lands on New British Carrier for First Time

September 28, 2018 ABOARD THE HMS QUEEN ELIZABETH IN THE ATLANTIC OCEAN — The expansive flight deck of the United Kingdom’s newest aircraft carrier is largely empty as it steams along the U.S. coastline on its first deployment. Two fighter jets, U.S.-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighters, sit waiting to race down the ship’s...

A good month for Boeing; One-on-one with Sean Stackley; M&A aplenty, and more.

September 27, 2018 A good month for Boeing could get even better before week’s end. After receiving an $805 million contract to build four MQ-25 aerial refueling drones for the U.S. Navy, the company won a $2.4 billion deal for new Air Force security helicopters. Boeing doesn’t even have to bend much metal...

An Italian-Designed, American-Built Helicopter Will Replace U.S. Air Force Hueys

September 26, 2018 Almost two decades after the U.S. Air Force started trying to replace the Vietnam-era helicopters that patrol missile fields and stand by to evacuate senior officials, the service announced Monday that it has placed an initial order of MH-139 helicopters with the team of Boeing and Italian defense firm Leonardo....

An Italian-Designed, American-Built Helicopter Will Replace US Air Force Hueys

September 24, 2018 Almost two decades after the U.S. Air Force started trying to replace the Vietnam-era helicopters that patrol missile fields and stand by to evacuate senior officials, the service announced Monday that it has placed an initial order of MH-139 helicopters with the team of Boeing and Italian defense firm Leonardo....

USAF’s Space Force Cost-Estimate Is Likely Too High: Analyst

September 21, 2018 The U.S. Air Force says it will cost $13 billion over five years to create a Space Force. A noted budget estimate disagrees. “This is the highest estimate I think you could possibly come up with,” said Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and...

USAF’s Space Force Cost-Estimate Is Likely Too High: Analyst

September 20, 2018 The U.S. Air Force says it will cost $13 billion over five years to create a Space Force. A noted budget estimate disagrees. “This is the highest estimate I think you could possibly come up with,” said Todd Harrison, director of Defense Budget Analysis at the Center for Strategic and...