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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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The Facebook SecDef: Pictures from Ash Carter’s Hawaii and Singapore Trip

May 30, 2015 Defense Secretary Ashton Carter is taking his outreach to Silicon Valley seriously. Having visited Facebook’s Menlo Park, Calif., headquarters last month as part of a Pentagon push to deepen relations with tech firms, Carter joined Facebook on Friday. “This visit [to Facebook’s headquarters] drove home for Secretary Carter the impact...

The Pentagon Is Trying To Make Its $400 Billion Fighter Jet Cheaper To Fly

May 29, 2015 The Pentagon, which has spent the last four years lowering the purchase price of the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, is now taking aim at the costs of flying it. The headline-grabbing $400 billion price tag for developing and buying 2,443 U.S. F-35s is less than half the cost of operating,...

Army Chief Opens Door To Embedding American Troops With Iraqi Forces

May 29, 2015 The U.S. military should continue training and advising Iraqi Security Forces to fight Islamic State militants, but American combat troops should not be deployed, Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff said Thursday. Odierno, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, said he is okay with more Army...

US Army Chief Opens Door To Embedding US Troops With Iraqi Forces

May 28, 2015 The U.S. military should continue training and advising Iraqi Security Forces to fight Islamic State militants, but American combat troops should not be deployed, Gen. Raymond Odierno, the U.S. Army chief of staff said Thursday. Odierno, speaking at a Defense Writers Group breakfast, said he is okay with more Army...

Northrop Grumman CEO Issues Rare Pentagon Rebuke Over Research Red Tape

May 26, 2015 Defense industry CEOs rarely criticize Pentagon policies publicly. After all, the Defense Department is the customer and as the old saying goes, “The customer is always right.” Wes Bush, chairman, CEO and president of Northrop Grumman, broke that unwritten rule Tuesday when he criticized a new Pentagon rule that requires...

Navy Unveils Video of Manmade Islands in South China Sea

May 21, 2015 The Pentagon has released video, taken high above the South China Sea, of Chinese construction crews expanding reefs and building an airbase in the contested Spratly Islands. The video shows dozens of ships surrounding the reefs, which are being enlarged as part of China’s efforts to declare sovereignty over the...

The F-35 Won’t Be Going To Iraq Just Yet

May 20, 2015 When the V-22 Osprey was certified battle-ready in 2007, the U.S. Marine Corps sent the half-helicopter, half-plane straight to Iraq. That is unlikely to happen with the Marines’ latest aircraft, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, which is to be declared ready for war this summer. “[I]f I had my druthers,...

Air Force Trims Drone Ops to Get Workforce ‘Healthy’

May 19, 2015 After spending much of the past decade racing to build up a cadre of drone pilots and aircraft, the Air Force is temporarily reducing the number of unmanned aircraft missions it flies. It’s not because demand is slacking off — UAVs remain in high demand in Iraq, where they search...

The F-35 Won't Be Going To War Against ISIS Just Yet

May 19, 2015 When the V-22 Osprey was certified battle-ready in 2007, the U.S. Marine Corps sent the half-helicopter, half-plane straight to Iraq. That is unlikely to happen with the Marines’ latest aircraft, the F-35B Joint Strike Fighter, which is to be declared ready for war this summer. “[I]f I had my druthers,...

Air Force Trims Drone Ops to Get Workforce ‘Healthy’

May 18, 2015 After spending much of the past decade racing to build up a cadre of drone pilots and aircraft, the Air Force is temporarily reducing the number of unmanned aircraft missions it flies. It’s not because demand is slacking off — UAVs remain in high demand in Iraq, where they search...