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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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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...

Military Revises Count, Says 500 Americans Likely Killed in Iraq By ‘Iranian Activities’

September 11, 2015 The U.S. military has revised its accounting of the number of American troop deaths during the Iraq War it blames on Iran, complicating what had become a talking point for critics of President Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with the regime in Tehran. U.S. officials revealed on Tuesday that 196 American...

Do Qatar, UAE Airlines Threaten US National Security?

September 9, 2015 The big three U.S. airlines — American, Delta and United — have long claimed that massive subsidies from the UAE and Qatari governments unfairly prop up Emirates, Etihad Airways, and Qatar Airways. Now they’re saying it’s bad for U.S. national security as well. They make their claim in a new...

How Many US Troops Were Killed By Iranian IEDs in Iraq?

September 8, 2015 Explosively formed penetrators — a particularly deadly form of roadside bomb — killed 196 American soldiers in Iraq over a five-and-a-half-year period, according to recently declassified Pentagon documents. That’s about half as many deaths as lawmakers have attributed to the bombs, which U.S. officials say were largely supplied by Iran’s...

UK to Decide Whether To Allow Women in Combat Jobs Next Year

September 4, 2015 Great Britain, America’s closest ally, could recommend allowing women to serve in certain infantry and armor combat roles as soon as early 2016, a top U.K. official said. The decision will in any case be made next year, Penny Mordaunt, the British minister of state for the armed forces, said...