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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 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.”...

Air Force Secretary: Boeing Is Giving Its Tanker Short Shrift

March 21, 2018 If President Trump is the good cop when it comes to the U.S. government’s interaction with Boeing, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is the bad cop. Annoyed that the Chicago-based firm has yet to deliver any KC-46 tanker planes to the Air Force, Wilson accused the firm of paying too...

Air Force Secretary: Boeing Is Giving Its Tanker Short Shrift

March 20, 2018 If President Trump is the good cop when it comes to the U.S. government’s interaction with Boeing, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is the bad cop. Annoyed that the Chicago-based firm has yet to deliver any KC-46 tanker planes to the Air Force, Wilson accused the firm of paying too...

Pentagon Tells Leaders to Talk More With Contractors — and Less to the Public and Press

March 16, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Even as Pentagon leaders restrain military officials’ contacts with the public and the press, they are pushing for more engagement with defense contractors. On March 1, U.S. Air Force leaders suspended all interviews, embeds, and base visits for media organizations “until further notice.” The following day, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick...

Pentagon Tells Leaders to Talk More With Contractors — and Less to the Public and Press

March 15, 2018 Even as Pentagon leaders restrain military officials' contacts with the public and the press, they are pushing for more engagement with defense contractors. On March 1, U.S. Air Force leaders suspended all interviews, embeds, and base visits for media organizations “until further notice.” The following day, Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick...

When 3D printing collides with the law; Interview with Sikorsky’s chief; AF1’s new hangar; Top Gun 2; and more.

March 15, 2018 It’s been clear for several years that the expanding usefulness of 3D printing was going to collide with a legal structure that supports profit. Now it’s happening, Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson told lawmakers. The military has eagerly put the improving tech to use. Sailors at Naval Base San Diego...

Trump Calls for a Space Force, a Concept His Pentagon Opposes

March 15, 2018 FROM NEXTGOV arrow U.S. President Donald Trump on Tuesday raised the prospect of creating a “Space Force,” a new branch of the military service — and a concept that his leaders at the Pentagon oppose. Air Force leaders, who oversee the bulk of the military’s satellites and launches, spent the last year fighting...