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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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Boeing, Lockheed Contest Air Force Bomber, But Will They Win?

November 7, 2015 Boeing and Lockheed Martin are protesting the U.S. Air Force’s $80 billion decision to buy a new stealth bomber from their competitor Northrop Grumman as “fundamentally flawed.” The two titans of the defense industry argue that their bid was a better value and have asked the Government Accountability Office to...

Obama Should Have Given Weapons to Ukraine, Says Former Pentagon Russia Official

November 4, 2015 The Obama administration should send Ukraine antitank weapons to fend off Russian-backed separatists in the eastern region of the country, a recently departed top Pentagon official said. Evelyn Farkas, who stepped down Friday as deputy assistant secretary for Russia, Ukraine and Eurasia, said she advocated for sending these lethal weapons...

Budget Deal Is A Big Win for Pentagon

October 30, 2015 The Pentagon has weathered the worst of the defense spending caps that military leaders have called a thorn in their side since 2013. The bipartisan budget deal struck by Congress — the Senate passed the measure early Friday morning, matching the House’s action earlier this week — gives the Defense...

Expect the Russians to Keep Buzzing American Navy Ships

October 29, 2015 In the opening dogfight of “Top Gun,” a sailor stares at a radar screen, nervously calling out the distance of fictitious MiG-28 fighter jets challenging Tom Cruise in his F-14 Tomcat. His commander watches the foreign aircraft edge closer to his carrier, and finally barks, “250 miles — get ’em...

The New Northrop Grumman-Built Bomber Will Be Air Force’s Most Futuristic Plane

October 29, 2015 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Northrop Grumman will build the Air Force’s new stealth bomber, which will be one of the most futuristic planes ever built — and for a while, at least, among the most secret. On Tuesday, the service announced the winner of the contract to develop the Long Range Strike-Bomber, a deal...

Northrop Grumman to Build New Air Force Bomber

October 28, 2015 Northrop Grumman will build the Air Force’s new stealth bomber, which will be one of the most futuristic planes ever built — and for a while, at least, among the most secret. On Tuesday, the service announced the winner of the contract to develop the Long Range Strike-Bomber, a deal...

Northrop Grumman to Build Air Force Bomber — But Don’t Expect to See It Soon

October 27, 2015 Northrop Grumman will build the Air Force’s new stealth bomber, which will be one of the most futuristic planes ever built — and for a while, at least, among the most secret. On Tuesday, the service announced the winner of the contract to develop the Long Range Strike-Bomber, a deal...

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...