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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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'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...

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

March 24, 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...

New House Armed Services Chairman Flexes Muscles for Pentagon Buyers

March 24, 2015 For years, lawmakers and defense officials have looked for ways to remove bureaucratic red tape from the Pentagon’s cumbersome acquisition process and find something nobody yet has: a way to save taxpayer money and get cutting edge weapons and technology to troops faster. This week House Armed Services Committee Chairman...

Pentagon Has Done a Bad Job of Defending Nuclear Triad, Air Force General Says

March 23, 2015 During more than a decade of fighting insurgents in ground wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, the Pentagon didn’t talk much about nuclear weapons or how it views the submarines, bombers and Intercontinental Ballistic Missiles, or ICBMs, that are essential to the deterrence mission. Now faced with the need for hundreds...

New House Armed Services Chairman Flexes Muscles for Pentagon Buyers

March 22, 2015 For years, lawmakers and defense officials have looked for ways to remove bureaucratic red tape from the Pentagon’s cumbersome acquisition process and find something nobody yet has: a way to save taxpayer money and get cutting edge weapons and technology to troops faster. This week House Armed Services Committee Chairman...

Pentagon: The Costs of Major Weapon Systems Are Finally Coming Down

March 19, 2015 Costs among the Defense Department’s largest arms programs are beginning to stabilize after years of overruns, a recent trend that Pentagon officials say is the result of an improvement project launched by now-Defense Secretary Ashton Carter more than four years ago. Nearly 70 percent of the Pentagon’s 80 major procurement...

GOP Budget Hawks Want To Use War Funds To Skirt Defense Caps

March 17, 2015 House leaders unveiled their plan for bridging the divide between defense and fiscal hawks by using the Obama administration’s off-the-books war chest as a slush fund to circumvent sequestration budget caps. The House Budget Committee released its non-binding fiscal 2016 budget resolution on Tuesday, proposing Congress spend $523 billion for...

Are High-Tech Sensors the Answer to the Pentagon’s Drone Demand?

March 17, 2015 Deputy Defense Secretary Robert Work has been championing a Pentagon project to offset the technology of enemies; much like the U.S. military did with the development of guided bombs, stealth and nuclear weapons over the past century. On Wednesday, Pentagon leaders said that the next offset, when it comes to...