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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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Defense budget caps on ice; On the road with DepSecDef Shanahan; Ellen Lord’s thoughts on autonomy and R&D; and more.

February 8, 2018 It looks like the Budget Control Act will be neutralized for two fiscal years, though it may return to bedevil defense hawks in 2020 and 2021. So indulge me for one last musing about a pending government shutdown (which technically still looms at midnight, though Congress intends to pass a...

Two-Year Budget Deal Would Give Pentagon $700B in 2018

February 8, 2018 Senators struck a budget deal Wednesday that would provide steep increases in U.S. defense spending over the next two years — up more than 15 percent in 2018 alone, the largest boost in more than a decade and a half. The full agreement remains to be hammered out between the...

Two-Year Budget Deal Would Raise Caps, Give Pentagon $700B in 2018

February 7, 2018 Senators struck a budget deal Wednesday that would provide steep increases in U.S. defense spending over the next two years — up more than 15 percent in 2018 alone, the largest boost in more than a decade and a half. The full agreement remains to be hammered out between the...

Pentagon Warns CEOs: Protect Your Data or Lose Our Contracts

February 7, 2018 SAN DIEGO — The Pentagon is warning defense-industry CEOs to better protect their computer networks or risk losing business. “The culture we need to get to is that we’re going to defend ourselves and that … we want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of...

Pentagon Warns CEOs: Protect Your Data or Lose Our Contracts

February 6, 2018 SAN DIEGO — The Pentagon is warning defense-industry CEOs to better protect their computer networks or risk losing business. “The culture we need to get to is that we’re going to defend ourselves and that … we want the bar to be so high that it becomes a condition of...

U.S. Air Force Looks For New Ways to Buy, Protect Satellites

February 6, 2018 PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, COLORADO — The U.S. Air Force is looking to diversify its satellite constellations by buying smaller, cheaper spacecraft, part of a plan to better protect its space assets from Russian and Chinese interference, military officials say. This and other moves are meant to give the Air...

Rebooting the Afghan war; ‘Shift in focus’ in Iraq; Audit finds $800m discrepancy; Trouble in Gitmo’s court; and just a bit more...

February 6, 2018 Meet the believers: the latest U.S. generals who have come to win the war in Afghanistan. After 16 years, here’s what’s different, they say: new rules, new plan, new firepower, new hope. From CENTCOM’s Gen. Joe Votel on down, As they see it, past years have brought only fits and...

US Air Force Looks For New Ways to Buy, Protect Satellites

February 5, 2018 PETERSON AIR FORCE BASE, COLORADO — The U.S. Air Force is looking to diversify its satellite constellations by buying smaller, cheaper spacecraft, part of a plan to better protect its space assets from Russian and Chinese interference, military officials say. This and other moves are meant to give the Air...

Syrian militants down Russian jet; Another chem attack in Syria; Israel has been bombing inside Egypt; Seoul kept US in dark about Olympic rapprochement; and just a bit more...

February 5, 2018 Russia is flying its jets a bit higher over Syria this week after militants shot down one of Moscow’s fighter jets in the northwestern province of Idlib “as it flew low over the opposition-held town of Saraqeb” on Saturday, the Washington Post reports. The new altitude should be above 5,000...

Pentagon Confirms It’s Developing Nuclear Cruise Missile to Counter a Similar Russian One

February 3, 2018 The U.S. military is developing a ground-launched, intermediate-range cruise missile to counter a similar Russian weapon whose deployment violates an arms-control treaty between Moscow and Washington, U.S. officials said Friday. The officials acknowledged that the still-under-development American missile would, if deployed, also violate the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty. The decision...