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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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US, Russia talk deconfliction; 11 die in Jalalabad; CIA’s big-data chief opens up; Ukraine ceasefire holds; and a bit more...

October 2, 2015 U.S.-Russian military talks begin. In an hourlong videoconference, Pentagon and Russian defense officials talked about ways their militaries could better keep their warplanes in Syria out of each other’s way. “There was discussion about ensuring that military personnel operating inside of Syria are communicating on internationally recognized channels and all...

U.S., Russia Discussing Deconfliction in Syria — One Day After Russian Strikes Begin

October 1, 2015 This post has been updated. U.S. and Russian officials have begun talking about how to keep their militaries from accidentally running into each other in Syria and Iraq — three days after Moscow pledged to join such talks, and one day after its aircraft began dropping bombs on Syrian targets....

Russia hits CIA-backed rebels; Tide shifts to Afghans in Kunduz; Kendall warns about defense mergers; Bombings in China; and a bit more.

October 1, 2015 Russia bombs CIA-backed rebels in Syria. U.S. officials say Moscow is not hitting Islamic State militants in Syria, as its leaders have claimed, but are instead bombing anti-government fighters. “In a second day of raids in Syria, Russian warplanes carried out 30 airstrikes on Thursday in the northern province of...

Lockheed-Sikorsky Deal Stokes Fears About Industry Consolidation

September 30, 2015 The Pentagon’s top arms buyer worries that Lockheed Martin’s upcoming $9 billion acquisition of Blackhawk helicopter maker Sikorsky is part of a bad trend in which large defense firms get bigger and competition wanes. The Defense Department will not block the purchase, but “we believe that these types of acquisitions...

Breaking: Russia bombs Syrian targets; Taliban draws on ISIS handbook; U.S. struggles to catalog cyber vulnerabilities; Ukraine trolls Putin at UN; and just a bit more...

September 30, 2015 Breaking: Russia bombs targets near Homs. “President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia suddenly escalated the stakes in his contest with the West over influence in the Middle East on Wednesday, as Russian pilots carried out their first airstrikes in Syria,” reports the New York Times this morning. “Russian warplanes dropped...

Obama, Putin meet; Counterattack in Kunduz; JSOC doing what it does; A hero in Chattanooga; and a bit more...

September 29, 2015 Obama-Putin meet, fail to agree on Assad. In a drama-filled day that produced a series of awkward photos, President Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin still don’t agree on Syrian President Bashar al Assad’s future. An Obama administration official described the meeting on the sidelines of the United Nations General...

Defense Department: 2 Million Troops, Civilian Workers May Have to Work Without Pay Next Week

September 25, 2015 The Pentagon warned 1.3 million U.S. troops and 742,000 workers they could be forced to work without pay or furloughed in less than one week if Congress doesn't pass a budget. Lawmakers have six days until the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 to come up with a stopgap measure...

Pentagon Warns 2 Million Troops, Workers May Have to Work Without Pay Next Week

September 25, 2015 The Pentagon warned 1.3 million U.S. troops and 742,000 workers they could be forced to work without pay or furloughed in less than one week if Congress doesn't pass a budget. Lawmakers have six days until the fiscal year ends on Sept. 30 to come up with a stopgap measure...

Afghanistan drawdown reconsidered; Xi has landed; Dempsey departs; Zombies over Baltimore; and a bit more.

September 25, 2015 American soldiers could stay in Afghanistan longer. Nearly 10,000 U.S. troops could remain in Afghanistan when President Obama leaves the White House in 2017, the Wall Street Journal reports. U.S. and NATO defense officials are “are reviewing new drawdown options that include keeping thousands of American troops in the country...

In Speech, Pope Francis Asks The U.S. To Do More To Confront Global Insecurity

September 24, 2015 U.S. arms makers and the Pentagon officials who market their weapons overseas have blood on their hands, Pope Francis told a joint session of Congress Thursday. “Here we have to ask ourselves: Why are deadly weapons being sold to those who plan to inflict untold suffering on individuals and society?”...