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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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Roller coaster for defense stocks; Tariffs & trade wars; Skunk Works gets a new chief, and lots more.

April 5, 2018 It’s been a roller-coaster few weeks in the world of defense — not least for industry stocks, down after record highs in January and February. Wall Street is worried about a trade war. Although some analysts say fears of a trade war are overblown, Wall Street’s jitters have helped bring...

US Defense Firms Eye Expansion Into Saudi Arabia

April 4, 2018 While the world has watched Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s visit to the U.S., defense companies have their sights set on Saudi Arabia. As the contracts start rolling in for the weapons agreed to as part of the $110 billion arms pact announced by the Trump administration last May, defense...

Shulkin out as VA Sec; Inter-Korean summit slated for late April; Neller, in conversation; Big changes at Boeing defense, space; AQ recruiter droned in Libya; And a bit more.

March 29, 2018 Trump fires VA Secretary Shulkin, nominates WH doc. Now U.S. Navy Rear Adm. Ronny Jackson — remember him, the official White House physician — is President Trump’s latest pick. Shulkin’s departure had been rumored for weeks, ever since he became “the subject of a damning report from the department's inspector...

EXCLUSIVE: Boeing shakes up defense business again; Strianese to leave L3 board; Update from the U.K.; and more.

March 29, 2018 More organizational changes are coming to Boeing’s defense and space business: CEO Leanne Caret will stand up two new divisions and change the way the company manages the development of new weapons. The changes — announced by Caret in an email to employees Thursday morning — come as the company...

Kim-Xi talks, in review; Chinese naval show of force in the SCS; POTUS turns to the military for his border wall; ISIS leader killed in Afghanistan; And a bit more.

March 28, 2018 As if there was any doubt, North Korea’s Kim Jong-Un visited China’s capital on Monday, Chinese state media announced Tuesday evening — in a lengthy report (complete with four photos of standing and hand-shaking) on the first face-to-face exchange between the two leaders. China’s Xi reportedly made four pitches to...

Mattis to Military: You Have Your Money. Spend It Wisely

March 27, 2018 The Pentagon got the giant check that leaders have been requesting for years, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned the military they better spend it wisely. In a 30-minute impromptu briefing with reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Mattis took a far different tone than the one taken by President...

Mattis to Military: You Have Your Money. Spend It Wisely

March 27, 2018 The Pentagon got the giant check that leaders have been requesting for years, but Defense Secretary Jim Mattis warned the military they better spend it wisely. In a 30-minute impromptu briefing with reporters at the Pentagon on Tuesday, Mattis took a far different tone than the one taken by President...

F-35 Sale to Taiwan Not Worth the ‘Risk,’ Experts Warn

March 26, 2018 As the White House pushes tariffs on China for what it calls “unfair trade practices,” two U.S. senators are calling on President Trump to sell F-35 stealth fighters to Taiwan. Sens. John Cornyn, R-Texas, and James Inhofe, R-Okla., said the move to sell stealthy jump jet Joint Strike Fighters could...

Trump Backs Off Budget Veto in Odd White House Event Laden with Misstatements

March 23, 2018 Watching President Trump stand at a podium reading a laundry list of weapons that the Pentagon will buy with its just-signed $654.6 billion check was eerily reminiscent of a Middle East arms show. As each day closes at events like the biannual IDEX conference in Abu Dhabi, for example, a...

Frank Kendall dispels acquisition ‘myths’; How the service secretaries want to save money; New VC investments, and more.

March 22, 2018 Frank Kendall may no longer be the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, but he’s still passionate about the work being done by the military’s tens of thousands of weapon buyers. When the word acquisition is thrown around in defense circles, it’s often preceded by “broken” — as in “broken acquisition system.”...