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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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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...

In a Switch, UK Asks Its Arms Makers to Design for Export

September 16, 2015 LONDON — British Defence Secretary Michael Fallon has a message for U.K. defense firms: If you want to boost profits, make sure you can sell your products overseas. In return, Fallon vowed that the Defence Ministry would champion U.K. companies to allies and will “lead on key, strategic export campaigns”...

Eyeing Russia, Estonian Company Creates Underground Hamster City for Humans

September 15, 2015 LONDON — For centuries, soldiers have slept in ditches, trenches and foxholes while at war to avoid enemy fire. Now they might have another option. An Estonian company is manufacturing large plastic tubes that link together like Lego blocks and can even withstand enemy fire. They’re kind of like hamster...

Defiant Chinese Admiral's Message: South China Sea 'Belongs to China'

September 14, 2015 LONDON — In a rare appearance together, American and Chinese admirals sat alongside one another to present their views on maritime security in the Asia-Pacific region. The audience came to hear about one thing, the South China Sea, and China’s commander was clear: “It belongs to China.” There was political...

Dutch Air Force Chief Slams US Army Helicopter Plan

September 14, 2015 LONDON — The head of the Royal Netherlands Air Force has a message for his U.S. Army colleagues developing the military helicopter of the future: You’re doing it all wrong. In a blunt address to a room of global helicopter experts, Lt. Gen. Alexander Schnitger said the two primary designs...

Here Are A Few Things the New Air Force Bomber Will Do Besides Drop Bombs

September 13, 2015 For years, the Long Range Strike Bomber project has been shrouded in secrecy, likely at Area 51, the Air Force’s top-secret proving ground deep in the Nevada desert. Service leaders say little beyond that they plan to buy 80 and 100 aircraft for about $550 million each, and will award...