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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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Pentagon Eyes Laser-Armed Drones to Shoot Down Ballistic Missiles

January 20, 2016 FROM NEXTGOV arrow Four years after the Air Force’s missile-zapping Boeing 747 went to its final resting place in the Arizona desert, the Pentagon is thinking anew about airborne lasers that shoot down ballistic missiles. This time, they’d be mounted on smaller, higher-flying drones. The idea has been around for decades, but the...

Defense Looks For Laser-Armed Drones to Shoot Down Ballistic Missiles

January 20, 2016 Four years after the Air Force’s missile-zapping Boeing 747 went to its final resting place in the Arizona desert, the Pentagon is thinking anew about airborne lasers that shoot down ballistic missiles. This time, they’d be mounted on smaller, higher-flying drones. The idea has been around for decades, but the...

Pentagon Eyes Laser-Armed Drones to Shoot Down Ballistic Missiles

January 19, 2016 Four years after the Air Force’s missile-zapping Boeing 747 went to its final resting place in the Arizona desert, the Pentagon is thinking anew about airborne lasers that shoot down ballistic missiles. This time, they’d be mounted on smaller, higher-flying drones. The idea has been around for decades, but the...

Air Force to Delay A-10 Retirement

January 13, 2016 The Air Force is shelving its immediate plans to retire the A-10 Warthog attack plane, which has become critical to the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials tell Defense One. Air Force officials say they still need to retire the A-10 to make...

Air Force to Delay A-10 Retirement, Thanks to ISIS

January 13, 2016 The Air Force is shelving its immediate plans to retire the A-10 Warthog attack plane, which has become critical to the U.S. bombing campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria, Pentagon officials tell Defense One. Air Force officials say they still need to retire the A-10 to make...

What to Watch in 2016

December 22, 2015 Here are some of the story lines we’ll be watching in the new year: The Anti-ISIS Campaign The U.S.-led campaign against Islamic State militants in Iraq, Syria, and Libya continues to grow. The bombing campaign has intensified , the number of boots on the ground are up and European coalition...

In Romania, US Wraps Construction of Anti-Missile Battery

December 16, 2015 The U.S. has all of the pieces in place at its missile-defense complex in southern Romania, despite Moscow’s objections and the highest NATO-Russia tensions since the Cold War. Construction of the anti-missile battery and radar — which Washington says are there to shoot down weapons fired toward Europe from Iran,...

Dunford: New Defense Staff Needed to Meet Transregional Threats

December 14, 2015 To meet the transregional threats of today and tomorrow, the Pentagon needs a staff that can look at regional threats and make recommendations to the Defense Secretary, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Monday. Currently, the lowest level of integration across regions is the secretary of defense, Dunford said at a...

Dunford: New Pentagon Staff Needed to Meet Transregional Threats

December 14, 2015 To meet the transregional threats of today and tomorrow, the Pentagon needs a staff that can look at regional threats and make recommendations to the Defense Secretary, Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford said Monday. Currently, the lowest level of integration across regions is the secretary of defense, Dunford said at a...

Iraq Does Not Want US, British Ground Troops for ISIS Fight

December 11, 2015 The Iraqis don’t want Western troops on the ground in their country to help retake cities captured by Islamic State militants, British Defense Secretary Michael Fallon said. Fallon, in Washington Friday for meetings with U.S. Defense Secretary Ashton Carter at the Pentagon, said Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi stressed the...