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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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Top Admiral Asks U.S. Allies to Help Buzz China’s Fake Islands

February 24, 2016 Washington’s allies could soon join the U.S. military in sending naval ships and warplanes near China’s now-militarized man made islands in the South China Sea, the top American commander in the Pacific said. Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said America’s allies in the region have been supportive...

Top Admiral Asks US Allies to Help Buzz China’s Fake Islands

February 23, 2016 Washington’s allies could soon join the U.S. military in sending naval ships and warplanes near China’s now-militarized man made islands in the South China Sea, the top American commander in the Pacific said. Adm. Harry Harris, commander of U.S. Pacific Command, said America’s allies in the region have been supportive...

Military Contractors Return in Numbers to Iraq

February 23, 2016 The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number of American troops training and advising Iraqi soldiers battling Islamic State militants. The sharp increase, disclosed in a recent Pentagon report to Congress,...

Progress, and caveats, in Syria talks; US contractors flood back to Iraq; Here comes Obama’s Gitmo plan; Watch out for Chinese ramships; and a bit more.

February 23, 2016 The U.S. and Russia made a big move on a “partial peace” deal for Syria on Monday, but bigger doubts still remain that it’ll stick thanks to the “caveats and cautious words on all sides,” the New York Times reported. The broad strokes remain what they were on Monday: the...

Back to Iraq: US Military Contractors Return In Droves

February 23, 2016 The number of private contractors working for the U.S. Defense Department in Iraq grew eight-fold over the past year, a rate that far outpaces the growing number of American troops training and advising Iraqi soldiers battling Islamic State militants. The sharp increase, disclosed in a recent Pentagon report to Congress,...

The Real Winners of the Air Force Bomber Contest

February 17, 2016 In a ruling Tuesday, government auditors upheld the U.S. Air Force’s decision to award an $80 billion classified contract to Northrop Grumman for a new long-range stealth bomber. While their rejection of a protest filed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin -- the world’s two largest defense firms -- is being...

The Real Winners of the Air Force Bomber Contest

February 16, 2016 In a ruling Tuesday, government auditors upheld the U.S. Air Force’s decision to award an $80 billion classified contract to Northrop Grumman for a new long-range stealth bomber. While their rejection of a protest filed by Boeing and Lockheed Martin -- the world’s two largest defense firms -- is being...

Washington OKs Controversial F-16 Sale to Pakistan

February 12, 2016 Ignoring lawmakers’ warnings, the U.S. State Department is pressing ahead with the sale of eight new American-made F-16 fighters to Pakistan, which is both a key counterterrorism ally and often criticized for harboring terrorists. The deal comes amid a Taliban resurgence in Afghanistan and Pakistan, which has drawn an uptick...

Obama Punts Controversial War Account to Successor

February 10, 2016 The fate of the Pentagon’s war chest will be left up to a successor of President Barack Obama, who tried to rein in Defense Department spending but wound up expanding the use of a budget accounting gimmick in an era of fiscal turmoil. The Pentagon’s war budget — formally called...

Obama Punts Controversial War Account to Successor

February 9, 2016 The fate of the Pentagon’s war chest will be left up to a successor of President Barack Obama, who tried to rein in Defense Department spending but wound up expanding the use of a budget accounting gimmick in an era of fiscal turmoil. The Pentagon’s war budget — formally called...