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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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Lockheed-Sikorsky Deal Stokes Fears About Industry Consolidation

September 30, 2015 The Pentagon’s top arms buyer worries that Lockheed Martin’s upcoming $9 billion acquisition of Blackhawk helicopter maker Sikorsky is part of a bad trend in which large defense firms get bigger and competition wanes. The Defense Department will not block the purchase, but “we believe that these types of acquisitions...

Breaking: Russia bombs Syrian targets; Taliban draws on ISIS handbook; U.S. struggles to catalog cyber vulnerabilities; Ukraine trolls Putin at UN; and just a bit more...

September 30, 2015 Breaking: Russia bombs targets near Homs. “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia suddenly escalated the stakes in his contest with the West over influence in the Middle East on Wednesday, as Russian pilots carried out their first airstrikes in Syria,” reports the New York Times this morning. “Russian warplanes dropped...

Obama, Putin meet; Counterattack in Kunduz; JSOC doing what it does; A hero in Chattanooga; and a bit more...

September 29, 2015 Obama-Putin meet, fail to agree on Assad. In a drama-filled day that produced a series of awkward photos, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin still don’t agree on Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s future. An Obama administration official described the meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General...

Defense Department: 2 Million Troops, Civilian Workers May Have to Work Without Pay Next Week

September 25, 2015 The Pentagon warned 1.3 million U.S. troops and 742,000 workers they could be forced to work without pay or furloughed in less than one week if Congress doesn't pass a budget. Lawmakers have six days until the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 to come up with a stopgap measure...

Pentagon Warns 2 Million Troops, Workers May Have to Work Without Pay Next Week

September 25, 2015 The Pentagon warned 1.3 million U.S. troops and 742,000 workers they could be forced to work without pay or furloughed in less than one week if Congress doesn't pass a budget. Lawmakers have six days until the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 to come up with a stopgap measure...

Afghanistan drawdown reconsidered; Xi has landed; Dempsey departs; Zombies over Baltimore; and a bit more.

September 25, 2015 American soldiers could stay in Afghanistan longer. Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops could remain in Afghanistan when President Obama leaves the White House in 2017, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. and NATO defense officials are “are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in the country...

In Speech, Pope Francis Asks The U.S. To Do More To Confront Global Insecurity

September 24, 2015 U.S. arms makers and the Pentagon officials who market their weapons overseas have blood on their hands, Pope Francis told a joint session of Congress Thursday. “Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”...

Pope Pushes U.S. To Do More To Confront Global Insecurity

September 24, 2015 U.S. arms makers and the Pentagon officials who market their weapons overseas have blood on their hands, Pope Francis told a joint session of Congress Thursday. “Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”...

China's Copycat Jet Raises Questions About F-35

September 23, 2015 New technical specs about China’s new J-31 fighter, a plane designed to rival the American-made F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, popped up on a Chinese blog last week. So who has the advantage — the U.S. or China? China’s twin-engine design bears a striking resemblance to the single-jet F-35. Still, the...

As Tensions Rise in the East, Europe’s Militaries Shop For Heavier Weapons

September 17, 2015 LONDON — Russia’s invasion of Crimea and its aggressive stances along Europe’s eastern borders have NATO militaries racing to rebuild their combined-arms skills — and Western defense companies revamping their product lines to suit. The return of what one European business executive called “more traditional threats” was reflected at Defence...