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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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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...

What to expect at Farnborough; New data on aerospace and defense; That $10,000 toilet seat, and more.

July 12, 2018 A perfect storm of crowds is brewing in and around London. There’s the Royal International Air Tattoo beginning Friday and the weeklong Farnborough Air Show kicking off Monday. Combine that with President Trump’s UK visit, the Wimbledon finals, and a trio of weekend concerts in Hyde Park headlined by Bruno...

The Rocket for America’s Next Space Plane Just Fired 10 Times in 10 Days

July 10, 2018 The Pentagon’s research arm has test-fired a new rocket engine 10 times in as many days, a critical step toward a space plane that can put satellites in orbit on a daily basis, project officials said. The successful trial comes as the U.S. Defense Department looks for new ways to...

Army quietly booting immigrant recruits; 3 out, 1 in at Bolton’s NSC; Pompeo’s soundtrack; Air Force’s $1,200 coffee cups; And a bit more.

July 6, 2018 The U.S. Army is quietly discharging immigrant recruits, the Associated Press reported Thursday from San Antonio. The short read: “Some of the service members say they were not told why they were being discharged. Others who pressed for answers said the Army informed them they’d been labeled as security risks...

Spending showdown at NATO summit; Boeing & Embraer join forces; Does the Air Force still push the envelope? and more.

July 5, 2018 Happy (day after) Independence Day for those of you reading in the states. Judging by the ease of my commute — and the fact that all of the eateries in the Pentagon closed early on Tuesday — many of you in the D.C. area are enjoying some vacation. Now that...

After Crash, Air Force Ends Test Flights of Light-Attack Planes Vying for Contract

July 5, 2018 The death of military pilot during U.S. Air Force trials of a small combat plane considered key to the Afghanistan War is not expected to hamper the project or deter the service from future experiments with different types of weapons before buying them, a top general said Tuesday. Senior Air...

After Crash, Air Force Ends Test Flights of Light-Attack Planes Vying for Contract

July 3, 2018 The death of military pilot during U.S. Air Force trials of a small combat plane considered key to the Afghanistan War is not expected to hamper the project or deter the service from future experiments with different types of weapons before buying them, a top general said Tuesday. Senior Air...