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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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Mattis ‘Optimistic’ Pentagon Will Get Needed Budget from White House, Democrats

December 2, 2018 SIMI VALLEY, Calif. — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is subtly making a pitch to Congress — and President Trump — not to cut defense spending. After two years of steep defense spending increases bringing defense spending to $716 billion, Trump has called on all federal agencies to cut spending by...

Reagan Forum preview; The Air Force wants your ideas; More foreign arms sales eyed...

November 29, 2018 As the Pentagon clamps down on conference appearances by senior defense officials, the annual Reagan National Defense Forum in Simi Valley is one of the few places where you’ll still find more than a handful in one place. The event is also heavily attended by top CEOs; Capital Alpha Partners’...

White House Seeks Alternatives to Independent Space Force

November 29, 2018 For months, Pentagon officials have been rushing to prepare plans for an independent Space Force, a sixth branch of the military ordered up by President Trump. But since Oct. 26, they have been marching to new White House orders: go back and look at different ways to reorganize the military’s...

White House Seeks Alternatives to Independent Space Force

November 28, 2018 For months, Pentagon officials have been rushing to prepare plans for an independent Space Force, a sixth branch of the military ordered up by President Trump. But since Oct. 26, they have been marching to new White House orders: go back and look at different ways to reorganize the military’s...

The Air Force Is Redrawing Its Pacific-War Playbook for China

November 27, 2018 If the United States has to go to war with China, its top Air Force general in the Pacific region wants allies more tightly woven into the battle plans — and ready to execute even when communications go down. So Gen. Charles Brown is laying out new tactics and concepts...

US Air Force Is Redrawing Its Pacific-War Playbook for China

November 26, 2018 If the United States has to go to war with China, its top Air Force general in the Pacific region wants allies more tightly woven into the battle plans — and ready to execute even when communications go down. So Gen. Charles Brown is laying out new tactics and concepts...

Space Force Actually May Be a Bargain, New Cost Estimate Says

November 20, 2018 Space Force — the new branch of the U.S. military desired by President Trump — could cost taxpayers as much as $21.5 billion per year, but only $550 million of that would be new money, according to a budget analyst. The estimate from Washington’s resident defense spending guru Todd Harrison...

Space Force Actually May Be Bargain, New Cost Estimate Says

November 19, 2018 Space Force — the new branch of the U.S. military desired by President Trump — could cost taxpayers as much as $21.5 billion per year, but only $550 million of that would be new money, according to a budget analyst. The estimate from Washington’s resident defense spending guru Todd Harrison...

Senior Defense Officials Offer Dueling Pricetags for Space Force

November 16, 2018 Senior defense officials remain far apart in their estimates of how much it would to create the Space Force military branch championed by President Trump. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday told reporters at the Pentagon that it would cost “single digit, not a double-digit” billions of dollars. “It...

Senior Defense Officials Offer Dueling Pricetags for Space Force

November 15, 2018 Senior defense officials remain far apart in their estimates of how much it would to create the Space Force military branch championed by President Trump. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday told reporters at the Pentagon that it would cost “single digit, not a double-digit” billions of dollars. “It...