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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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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,”...

White House Proposes Loan Fund to Help Allies Buy US Arms

March 11, 2019 The Trump administration wants to make it easier for partners and allies abroad to buy U.S. weapons and other defense equipment in an effort to draw them away from shopping with China and Russia, reviving a failed effort from the early days of the administration. A State Department official said...

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,”...

BREAKING: SecAF Wilson quitting; WH plan charges allies for protection; Captain Marvel’s DC opening with the USAF; And a bit more.

March 8, 2019 Developing: U.S. Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson is quitting to pursue a career in the world of academia on May 31, Reuters reports in a decision few Pentagon-watchers openly predicted would happen quite so soon. News of Wilson’s departure comes a day after an Oval Office meeting between President Trump...

What we know, and don’t, about the FY20 budget request; Navy’s next frigate; Eyes on 5G

March 7, 2019 Budget Day, that day of revelations when the sitting administration sends its federal spending proposal to Congress, is upon us again — albeit a month later than usual, thanks to a partial government shutdown. We already know a bit about the 2020 defense request (certainly, more than when then-Defense Secretary...

Top NATO General: Don’t Sell F-35 To Turkey If It Buys Russian SAMs

March 5, 2019 The United States should not sell Turkey the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if Ankara buys anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander, said Tuesday. A team of U.S. officials is in Turkey today, meeting with Turkish officials about their planned purchase of the S-400, one of...

Don’t Sell F-35 To Turkey If It Buys Russian SAMs: Top NATO General

March 5, 2019 The United States should not sell Turkey the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter if Ankara buys anti-aircraft missiles from Russia, Gen. Curtis Scaparrotti, NATO’s supreme allied commander, said Tuesday. A team of U.S. officials is in Turkey today, meeting with Turkish officials about their planned purchase of the S-400, one of...