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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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Russia Could Block Access to Baltic Sea, US General Says

December 9, 2015 Russia has moved ballistic missiles to and conducted nuclear strike drills from its Kaliningrad exclave, prompting Pentagon fears that Moscow could block access to the Baltic Sea. There is a “significant amount of capability” in Kaliningrad, including anti-ship weapons, air defenses, and electronic warfare equipment, Lt. Gen. Ben Hodges, commander...

Homeland Security to Announce New Terrorism Alert System

December 7, 2015 The Obama administration will implement a new terrorism threat alert system in the coming days to address what he called intermediate-level threats to the United States, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday. The new system would augment the current terrorism threat systems, called the National Threat Advisory System,...

Obama Administration to Announce New Terrorism Alert System

December 7, 2015 The Obama administration will implement a new terrorism threat alert system in the coming days to address what he called intermediate-level threats to the United States, U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said Monday. The new system would augment the current terrorism threat systems, called the National Threat Advisory System,...

JLENS Supporters: Never Mind the Blimp, Save the Radar

December 5, 2015 A group of retired admirals and generals who spent much of their careers specializing in missile defense threw their support behind the troubled JLENS air-defense system whose aerostat broke free of its Maryland mooring and floated more than 100 miles north to Pennsylvania in October. They say the JLENS radar...

The ISIS Fight Is Reshaping US Arms Exports to Its Partners

December 3, 2015 By raw value, the $45.8 billion in U.S. arms sales approved in the past 16 months for countries battling the Islamic State and other militants is just a bit more than the $43 billion approved for the same countries over the same duration before coalition airstrikes began. But the kinds...

Carter Taps Former Aide as Military Adviser

December 1, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter has tapped a Marine Corps general to replace the military assistant he fired last month. Brig Gen. Eric Smith, the commander of U.S. Marine Corps Forces, South, has been filling as Carter’s top military aide and has been asked to remain in the post, according to...

Dozens Killed in Hotel Siege; Many More Rescued By Mali, French, US Special Forces

November 20, 2015 A U.S. citizen who worked at a USAID-funded project in Mali was among the nearly two-dozen people killed when gunmen attacked a hotel in the capital city of Bamako Friday. The U.S. State Department confirmed the death late Friday after an hours-long siege came to a close and Malian, French...

Joining the Fight Club

November 19, 2015 To most of the thousands of people streaming into the massive convention center on the Thames in London in September, the sleek cruise missiles on the walkway were just two more weapons on offer at the Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition, one of the world’s largest arms shows. Made...

Army, Air Force Acquisition Chiefs to Step Down

November 18, 2015 The top acquisition officials from the Air Force and Army announced they will step down in coming weeks, becoming the latest top Pentagon leaders to depart as President Obama begins his final year in the White House. William LaPlante, the Air Force acquisition head, announced his departure in an email...

Joining the Fight Club

November 17, 2015 To most of the thousands of people streaming into the massive convention center on the Thames in London in September, the sleek cruise missiles on the walkway were just two more weapons on offer at the Defense and Security Equipment International exhibition, one of the world’s largest arms shows. Made...