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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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'Acting' Pentagon leaders deliver a rocky budget rollout; DOD warns Europe about China 5G; and more...

March 14, 2019 Well, it’s been a rather bizarre budget week, and it’s not over yet. Here’s a tick-tock so far, and a look at what’s ahead: Monday: Normal: The White House sent its fiscal 2020 budget proposal to Congress. Odd: “The document lacks details on individual programs that normally comes as part...

Boeing Has ‘Severe Situation’ After Parts Left in Tankers, Says Top USAF Buyer

March 14, 2019 Boeing has “a severe situation” in an assembly-line culture that allowed tools and parts to be left inside tankers delivered to the U.S. Air Force, the service’s acquisition chief said Wednesday. Will Roper recently met with executives at Boeing’s plant in Everett, Washington, where the company builds commercial widebody aircraft...

Boeing Has ‘Severe Situation’ After Parts Left in Tankers, Says Top USAF Buyer

March 13, 2019 Boeing has “a severe situation” in an assembly-line culture that allowed tools and parts to be left inside tankers delivered to the U.S. Air Force, the service’s acquisition chief said Wednesday. Will Roper recently met with executives at Boeing’s plant in Everett, Washington, where the company builds commercial widebody aircraft...

Top Navy Admiral Warns of Cyber Attacks Against Brass

March 13, 2019 U.S. Navy captains and admirals nominated for higher ranks are vulnerable to cyber attackers — and that’s why the service stopped publicly announcing their promotions last year, the chief of naval operations said Wednesday. Adm. John Richardson spoke a week after an internal Navy review warned that the service and...

Top Navy Admiral Warns of Cyber Attacks Against Brass

March 13, 2019 U.S. Navy captains and admirals nominated for higher ranks are vulnerable to cyber attackers — and that’s why the service stopped publicly announcing their promotions last year, the chief of naval operations said Wednesday. Adm. John Richardson spoke a week after an internal Navy review warned that the service and...

Pushback on 2020 budget; Slow walk into great-power era; 3,000 ISIS fighters surrender; US-Ukraine intel sharing; And a bit more.

March 13, 2019 HASC chair: “bipartisan” opposition to Trump’s wall funds. One day after Budget Request 2020 went to Congress, the newish chairman of the House Armed Services Committee outlined a few of the ways the legislative branch will push back. No. 1: there is bipartisan agreement that the Pentagon budget should not...

Lawmakers Question Pentagon’s Use of ‘Slush Fund’ to Skirt Budget Caps

March 13, 2019 Nearly one-quarter of the Pentagon’s 2020 budget request would come through an account intended to fund unexpected overseas operations, a fiscal maneuver expected to be the most hotly debated item in upcoming congressional debate. Pentagon officials said the White House ordered the maneuver, which allows the $750 billion request to...

Lawmakers Question Pentagon’s Use of ‘Slush Fund’ to Skirt Budget Caps

March 12, 2019 Nearly one-quarter of the Pentagon’s 2020 budget request would come through an account intended to fund unexpected overseas operations, a fiscal maneuver expected to be the most hotly debated item in upcoming congressional debate. Pentagon officials said the White House ordered the maneuver, which allows the $750 billion request to...

2020 Budget Request Reveals Slow Shift Toward Great Power War

March 12, 2019 If there’s been one theme at the Pentagon since Donald Trump became president, it’s a desire to move fast, particularly when it comes to buying new weapons. The changes are necessary, officials argue, to keep pace with Russia and China, the two countries singled out as “great power” competitors in...

Here’s What We Know About the Pentagon’s 2020 Budget Request

March 11, 2019 The Pentagon is asking Congress to approve a $750 billion budget for fiscal 2020 under a spending plan that is already facing criticism from Democrats and Republicans. Trump administration officials said Monday that the defense budget request “enhances the military’s readiness and lethality, prioritizing strategic competition with China and Russia,”...