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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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Bob Hale: Targeted Pentagon Budget Cuts Likely

March 4, 2015 The Pentagon is not likely to get the $535 billion President Barack Obama has requested for fiscal 2016, but that does not mean every Defense Department project will get hit with spending cuts like in 2013. Robert Hale, who retired last June after more than five years as the Pentagon’s...

US, Allies Reviewing Bomb Stockpiles for ISIS Fight

March 2, 2015 After six months of conducting widespread airstrikes across northern Iraq and Syria in a campaign that shows no signs of abating, the U.S. military and its allies are re-evaluating the size of their bomb stockpiles, according to a senior Pentagon official. The review would ensure that the weapon supply in...

Inside the Glitz of a Middle East Arms Show

February 26, 2015 ABU DHABI -- For defense firms, it’s simply all about “being there” at an event like the International Defence Exposition and Conference, better know as IDEX. You never know who will show up: presidents, princes, defense ministers, generals and admirals from all corners of the world are here. And flashiness...

A Conversation With an Accused War Criminal With Arms To Sell

February 25, 2015 ABU DHABI – At an outdoor pavilion with a medieval castle theme, green camouflage painted trucks built by Sudan’s state-owned Military Industry Corporation are lined up as if they were parked in front of a new car dealership. One is massive, with a howitzer cannon attached to the back. The...

Defense Firms Put Down Roots in UAE

February 24, 2015 ABU DHABI – Inside an office, halfway to the top of a skyscraper that leans 18-degrees to the west, freshly painted white walls are covered with pictures of American military V-22 Ospreys, Shadow reconnaissance drones and Commando armored trucks. The equipment is built by Textron’s Bell Helicopter and Textron System,...

Ukraine Seeks US Weapons at Middle East Arms Expo

February 24, 2015 ABU DHABI – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko renewed his push to get defensive weapons from the United States and same time inked a military cooperation pact with the United Arab Emirates. Poroshenko came to the International Defence Exposition and Conference, called IDEX, the largest arms show in the Middle East...

Pentagon Weapons Chief To Meet With Ukrainians

February 23, 2015 ABU DHABI – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko is expected to meet with U.S. defense companies Tuesday during a major arms exhibition here even though the American government has not cleared the firms to sell Kiev lethal weapons. Frank Kendall, the Pentagon’s acquisition executive is scheduled to meet with a Ukrainian...

US Military Increasing Foreign Expo Presence After 2-Year Downturn

February 22, 2015 ABU DHABI – The Pentagon is stepping up its official participation at massive worldwide tradeshows like this week’s International Defence Exposition and Conference in the United Arab Emirates, its top weapons buyer said on Saturday. The pronouncement effectively ends a two-year downturn following a 2012 lavish spending scandal that froze...

Defense One at IDEX: Western Military Leaders Seek Looser Arms Restrictions

February 21, 2015 ABU DHABI – Tens of thousands of defense leaders, arms makers and contractors are descending on Abu Dhabi this week for the International Defence Exhibition and Conference, or IDEX, looking to ink lucrative weapons deals amid a new age of conflict and concern across the region. Before the exhibit space...

Obama To Sell Armed Drones To More Countries

February 17, 2015 The State Department on Tuesday announced that the United States would be expanding the sale of armed unmanned aerial vehicles, or UAVs, to carefully selected allied countries. The announcement suggests that strategic partners – especially in the Middle East -- could acquire American-made armed drones before the year is out....