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Marcus Weisgerber

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Washington, DC, United States

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Recent articles by Marcus:

US Trying to Persuade More Allies to Send NASAMS Missiles to Ukraine, Raytheon CEO Says

If U.S. officials can broker a deal, Kyiv won’t have to wait for factory-produced interceptors. → Read More

Just Half of Americans Trust the Military, Survey Finds

Most want to continue helping Ukraine—and most don’t think there’s a clear China strategy, according to the Reagan Institute poll. → Read More

Today's D Brief: Majority of Americans 'stand with Ukraine' in new survey; 6 letter bombs in Spain; ISIS leader killed; US gun violence near 3-decade high; And a bit more.

New: American’s trust and confidence in the military increased slightly over the past year—but it’s still close to a five-year low, according to a new survey of about 2,500 people polled by the Ronald Reagan Institute. Conducted in early November after the U.S. midterm elections, the polling found that 48 percent of Amercians have trust and confidence in the military, compared to 45 percent last… → Read More

Russia-Ukraine War Has Influenced How BAE Systems Designed Army Bradley Replacement

The company is including optional armor and making it easy to add counter-drone technology. → Read More

Counter-drone tech talk; Leonardo DRS merger closes; F-16 rolls from new plant, and more.

In late September, an NFL game between the Atlanta Falcons and Seattle Seahawks was delayed for about eight minutes while a small drone hovered over Lumen Field. One day earlier, the same thing happened nearby during a University of Washington football game. Neither incident did more than disrupt a game, but both underlined security concerns about cheap, easy-to-use drones. Some 5,500 miles from… → Read More

Revealed: The Public Finally Gets to See the B-21 Stealth Bomber this Week

Some of the Northrop Grumman employees building the secret plane also worked on the B-2 bomber. → Read More

Will Tech Layoffs Finally Help Defense Firms Get the Engineers They Seek?

Some observers say industry and government are moving too slowly to capitalize on a unique opportunity. → Read More

Air Force Flies New Tanker for 36 Hours Straight

It’s part of a Pentagon trend of wringing surprising performance out of existing weapons. → Read More

Boeing Defense to Cut Execs, Consolidate Divisions

The reorganization is part of a wider culture change pushed by the business unit’s new CEO. → Read More

Engine Tests Move Hypersonic Aircraft Closer to First Flight

Hermeus’ engine successfully shifted from turbojet to ramjet power during trials at Notre Dame Lab. → Read More

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Defense Business Brief: What a split Congress means for defense spending; Shipyard sells for just $15M; Ukraine says it will rebuild An-225; and more.

The 2022 midterms are behind us and, well, we still don’t know the results. Republicans hold a narrow majority in the House, but Senate control likely won’t be decided until after a run-off in Georgia. What does a split Congress—assuming Democrats keep the Senate and Republicans take the House—mean for defense spending? “We think a likely scenario is both sides negotiate for more… → Read More

More Than 100 C-130s Are Down, Likely Because Mechanics Scratched Their Propellers, Air Force Says

The standard practice of inscribing serial numbers during inspections turns out to be counterproductive. → Read More

Meet the Man Trying to Change the Culture of Boeing Defense

CEO Ted Colbert says reducing groupthink is part of the path to a nimbler, networked weapons company. → Read More

Defense Business Brief: US arms deals with Australia rise; One-on-one with new L3Harris exec; Marine Corps AH-1Z production ends; and more.

In addition to having a cool name, Jon Rambeau became president of L3Harris Technologies’ Integrated Mission Systems business last month. He replaced Sean Stackley, the former Navy acquisition chief who is now L3Harris’ senior vice president of strategy and growth. After 26 years in various roles at Lockheed Martin, Rambeau said he was not looking to make a career move, but was attracted by… → Read More

It’s Official: Space Force Sets Sights on Smaller Satellites

The newest service’s acquisition chief also calls for more fixed-price contracts and fewer classified programs. → Read More

Defense Business Brief: No extra cash for inflation; Earnings recap; Aerojet for sale again; and more.

The U.S. Defense Department has no plans to pay more for existing contracts despite industry complaints about inflation, a detail that seemed to get lost this week as the Pentagon released three major strategy reviews. “DoD does not intend to enact a policy to increase contract prices due to inflation,” Bill LaPlante, the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer, wrote in an Oct. 19 letter to Sen. Elizabeth… → Read More

Drones, Cruise Missiles Are Rising Threats to US Troops and Territory, Pentagon Says

The Missile Defense Review also calls for building a missile shield to protect Guam. → Read More

China’s Nuclear Arsenal Will Become an Existential Threat to US, Biden Administration Declares

New nuclear strategy deletes one new U.S. weapon, keeps the rest. → Read More

Aides Recall How Ash Carter Changed Pentagon’s Weapons Buying

Over decades, the physicist-turned-defense leader worked to speed up and streamline arms procurement. → Read More