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Marcus Weisgerber

Global Business Editor

Marcus Weisgerber
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 16 years, 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.
Business

Air Force Awards $985M Hypersonic Cruise Missile Contract to Raytheon Technologies

The company and its partner Northrop Grumman were chosen over bids from Boeing and Lockheed Martin.

Threats

Ukraine: Russia’s Draft, Setbacks Mean It’s Time for More Advanced Weapons

Kyiv’s winter wishlist includes long-range artillery, armored Humvees, kamikaze drones, and more.

Threats

USAF to Unveil B-21 Stealth Bomber in December

The strategic bomber has been developed in near-total secrecy at Northrop Grumman's plant in Palmdale, California.

Policy

Troops Worry Most About Inflation, Air Force Secretary Says

Frank Kendall said he’s reversing planned cuts to special duty pay.

Business

L3Harris to Convert Embraer KC-390s for Aerial Refueling

The three-year-old twinjet will be an “agile tanker,” L3Harris CEO says.

Ideas

AFA Conference Wire: Ukraine & China

The Air, Space, and Cyber conference kicks off outside Washington, D.C.

Business

Anduril Unveils Deployable Military Operations Center

The company hopes the military will test its tech during an upcoming exercise.

Policy

Defense Firms Sound Inflation Alarm as Congress Mulls 2023 Budget

One trade association says Pentagon would lose $110 billion in buying power.

Policy

US Should Place Multiyear Munitions Orders to Protect Supply, Pentagon Arms Chief Says

Meanwhile, service officials are working with Pentagon leaders on 18-month plans to supply Ukraine.

Threats

US Trained Ukrainian Missileers Who Sunk Russian Warship, Pentagon Official Says

Bill LaPlante also praised the quick “innovation” that delivered truck-mounted Harpoon missiles to Ukraine.

Science & Tech

The US Just Revealed a Secret Airborne Test of a Long-Range Cruise Missile

The December test was part of the effort to equip B-2 bombers to fire the stealthy JASSM-ER.

Business

Engine Deals Reveal US Wants to Maintain Three Warplane Makers

But the multibillion-dollar deals raise questions about just how far along the Next Generation Air Dominance program is.

Threats

Sensing Russian Stall, US Rushing Arms to Help Retake Ukrainian Territory

The latest weapons package includes MRAPs with special landmine-clearing devices–and brings the total to $10.7 billion.