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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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Meet the Army General Now in Charge of the ISIS War

October 26, 2015 The U.S. military has a new top commander for the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and the region is about to get a new special operations commander. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last month quietly put Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland in charge of the coalition fighting...

Meet the New Army General in Charge of the ISIS War

October 23, 2015 The U.S. military has a new top commander for the fight against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, and the region is about to get a new special operations commander. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter last month quietly put Army Lt. Gen. Sean MacFarland in charge of the coalition fighting...

Meet the Secretive Team Shaping the Air Force’s New Bomber

October 23, 2015 About 80 people on a secretive U.S. Air Force team are overseeing the service’s most sensitive aircraft project in decades: the development of a new stealth bomber whose prime contractor could be announced as soon as Friday. The bomber team works inside the Air Force’s Rapid Capabilities Office, a unit...

Gates: Come Up With A Syria Strategy, Then Tell Putin ‘Stay Out of the Way’

October 21, 2015 The Obama administration needs to come up with a plan for Syria and then tell Russian President Vladimir Putin to stay “out of the way,” former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said in a rare Washington appearance. Gates, who served for nearly five years under Presidents Bush and Obama, presented his...

What If Canada's New Government Doesn’t Buy the F-35?

October 21, 2015 Justin Trudeau, the new Prime Minister, has vowed to “reduce the procurement budget for replacing the CF-18s” — its version of Boeing’s older F/A-18 Hornet — “and will instead purchase one of the many, lower-priced options that better match Canada’s defence needs.” America’s Boeing, France’s Dassault, and even Sweden’s Saab...

Saudi Arabia Eyes US Warships, Sub-Hunting Helicopters to Check Iran

October 21, 2015 Saudi Arabia is close to buying new U.S. warships and helicopters so that they can hunt submarines and ships in the Persian Gulf directly from Iran. The deal, which U.S. officials said would free up U.S. forces performing those tasks in the Gulf, could be worth upwards of $13 billion...

What If Canada Doesn’t Buy the F-35?

October 20, 2015 Justin Trudeau, the new Prime Minister, has vowed to “reduce the procurement budget for replacing the CF-18s” — its version of Boeing’s older F/A-18 Hornet — “and will instead purchase one of the many, lower-priced options that better match Canada’s defence needs.” America’s Boeing, France’s Dassault, and even Sweden’s Saab...

Russia Is Forcing the Pentagon to Rewrite Its European Playbook

October 14, 2015 The Pentagon is rethinking everything from training to nuclear deterrence in the wake of unexpected Russian military deployments in eastern Ukraine and Syria – and in anticipation of more to come. “We must write a new playbook, which includes preparing to counter new challenges like hybrid warfare and cyber, better...

In a Groundbreaking Deal, Ukraine May Buy US Armor for Its Humvees

October 13, 2015 The Ukrainian military was thrilled when the U.S. sent Humvees to Kiev in March. Now its government is negotiating a deal that would give the trucks new armor —and mark the first major sale from a U.S. defense company to the eastern European country. Textron Systems officials wouldn’t talk about...

With Russia in Mind, BAE Revives Light Tank from the ’90s

October 12, 2015 As the Army steps up the complexity of its combat training, companies are looking at new, futuristic arms tailored for high-end war with Russia and China. But some old ideas are being revived as well. That’s how a small tank, built and tested in the 1990s, found its way back...