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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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Space Force Actually May Be a Bargain, New Cost Estimate Says

November 20, 2018 Space Force — the new branch of the U.S. military desired by President Trump — could cost taxpayers as much as $21.5 billion per year, but only $550 million of that would be new money, according to a budget analyst. The estimate from Washington’s resident defense spending guru Todd Harrison...

Space Force Actually May Be Bargain, New Cost Estimate Says

November 19, 2018 Space Force — the new branch of the U.S. military desired by President Trump — could cost taxpayers as much as $21.5 billion per year, but only $550 million of that would be new money, according to a budget analyst. The estimate from Washington’s resident defense spending guru Todd Harrison...

Senior Defense Officials Offer Dueling Pricetags for Space Force

November 16, 2018 Senior defense officials remain far apart in their estimates of how much it would to create the Space Force military branch championed by President Trump. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday told reporters at the Pentagon that it would cost “single digit, not a double-digit” billions of dollars. “It...

Senior Defense Officials Offer Dueling Pricetags for Space Force

November 15, 2018 Senior defense officials remain far apart in their estimates of how much it would to create the Space Force military branch championed by President Trump. Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan on Thursday told reporters at the Pentagon that it would cost “single digit, not a double-digit” billions of dollars. “It...

2020 spending outlook; Record-setting F-35 deal; More secrecy at the Pentagon; and a bunch more...

November 15, 2018 Last week we talked about the political fight that will likely occur over the next two years between the Republican-controlled Senate and the Democrat-controlled House. This week we’ll try to predict defense toplines, with a little help from the ever-insightful Jim McAleese. Pentagon planners had slated defense spending (that is,...

‘Redo’ Nuclear Posture Review, Says Next House Armed Services Chair

November 15, 2018 The incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is taking aim at the Trump Administration’s plans to expand America’s nuclear arsenal. While Democrats will only control one chamber of Congress for the next two years, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., called to “totally redo the Nuclear Posture Review,” the administration’s...

Incoming HASC Chair: Scale Back Plans for New Nukes

November 14, 2018 The incoming chairman of the House Armed Services Committee is taking aim at the Trump administration’s plans to expand America’s nuclear arsenal. While Democrats will only control one chamber of Congress for the next two years, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Wash., called for lawmakers to “totally redo the Nuclear Posture Review,”...

How the midterms will shape defense spending; Lockheed gets F-35 upgrade deal; AIA kills media luncheon; and more.

November 8, 2018 Now that the Democrats have won the House (and Republicans gained seats in the Senate), the experts are trying to figure out what the election means for defense spending. The predictions vary, but there are some areas of general agreement. The Trump administration had already been planning for relatively flat...

UK Plans a Decade of Weapons Purchases As Auditors Sound Warning Bells

November 6, 2018 Britain is pushing ahead with big plans for new weapons even as government auditors sound warning bells over the expense. Stuart Andrew, the defense procurement minister, said the country needs to spend £186 billion ($243.6 billion) to buy new weapons over the coming decade to replace aging equipment and meet...

What comes after Project Maven?; Lessons from a 1987 magazine; Missile-defense success; and a bit more.

November 1, 2018 A 1987 issue of Government Executive magazine kicking around the Defense One newsroom this week offered some sobering perspective on just how much changes — and stays the same. Amid the advertisements for clunky “portable” Compaq computers, this defense-heavy issue from the late days of the Reagan administration discussed acquisition...