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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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As Russia Improves Its Surface-to-Air Missiles, US Looks To Counter

April 8, 2015 In a dimly lit conference room at the Abu Dhabi National Exhibition Centre, Russian defense executives showed images of U.S. aircraft and the high-tech missiles they said could shoot them down. A balding, middle-aged man in a dark suit showed briefing slides that described sophisticated surface-to-air missile batteries with impressive...

Defense Moves More Communications Equipment into Cheyenne Mountain

April 8, 2015 The Pentagon is beefing up its communications setup inside a hollowed-out section of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains less than a decade after it had largely abandoned the site. The gear is being moved into Cheyenne Mountain to protect it from electromagnetic pulses, said Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command...

Pentagon Moves More Communications Gear into Cheyenne Mountain

April 7, 2015 The Pentagon is beefing up its communications setup inside a hollowed-out section of Colorado’s Rocky Mountains less than a decade after it had largely abandoned the site. The gear is being moved into Cheyenne Mountain to protect it from electromagnetic pulses, said Adm. William Gortney, commander of U.S. Northern Command...

Welsh’s nuclear concerns; At last—a breakthrough on Iran; Airstrikes in Yemen making a difference?; No mercy in Tikrit; ‘Make a hole’; And a bit more.

April 3, 2015 The U.S. will up its contributions to the Saudi-led campaign against the Houthis by providing aerial refueling for combat jets conducting airstrikes in Yemen, according to a senior military official via AFP’s Dan De Luce: “The U.S. military's Central Command (CENTCOM) has been given the green light to deploy refueling...

‘Double-overtime’ in the Iran talks; Yemen air war roll-up; #ThrowbackThursday for Russia and Norway; Military suicides not linked to war?; Menendez exits SFRC; And a bit more.

April 2, 2015 Breaking this morning: Al Qaeda militants stormed a prison in Mukallah, Yemen, freeing dozens of prisoners—though there are conflicting reports on just how many inmates have been freed. BBC says at least 150, CNN says at least 270 and AFP says more than 300. “Double-overtime.” Negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program...

What Iran deadline?; Tikrit to be cleared ‘within hours’; White House reversal on Egypt; Carter on Biden; And a bit more.

April 1, 2015 Rumsfeld wants back in! Former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld said he would accept the top job at the Pentagon for the third time should Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, be elected to the White House in 2016. The 82-year-old tweeted a snowflake late Tuesday that he misses public service and would...

Carter’s messaging blitz; Iran talks in ‘new phase’; CIVCAS in Yemen; US airstrikes on hold in Tikrit?; The officer/enlisted standard shifting?; And a bit more.

March 31, 2015 Defense Secretary Ash Carter is at Syracuse University this morning where he’ll champion a project that helps veterans transition to civilians. He’s hosting a roundtable with members of the Institute for Veterans and Military Families to talk “Onward to Opportunity,” an initiative by the Schultz Family Foundation, the Pentagon and...

'Own The Night'? Army Aviation Wants To Own Bad Weather

March 30, 2015 NASHVILLE – A generation after night-vision gear allowed the U.S. Army to “own the night,” service leaders want to equip their helicopters to own bad weather. “If we’re going to maintain overmatch and truly be game-changing, we have got to be able to fly and fight no matter what the...

Carter on retaining the best; Another coalition emerges in the Middle East; Militias still in Tikrit; Where to put Iranian stockpiles?; ‘Doolittle Raider’ passes at 95; And a bit more.

March 30, 2015 Is Saudi Arabia preparing to send ground troops into Yemen to battle Houthi insurgents? CNN this morning: “Saudi Arabia and Egypt have both spoken about the possibility of putting boots on the ground before. And on Saturday, Yemeni Foreign Minister Riyadh Yaseen said he expected coalition troops to be in...

The F-35 Program Boss's To-Do List

March 25, 2015 Later this year the Marine Corps will declare the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter ready for war. The plane will not have all the bells and whistles originally anticipated, but it will still be more advanced than the old Harriers and Hornets in the Marine Corps inventory. And for the issues...