Marjorie Censer

Marjorie Censer was Inside Defense's editor until July 2021. She previously worked at the Washington Post and its local business publication Capital Business, covering defense industry reshaping, the increased scrutiny of contractors following the Edward Snowden case and the challenges of canceling military programs. From 2007 to 2010, she was managing editor of Inside the Army. She also previously worked as defense editor at POLITICO and as a staff writer at the Carroll County Times and the Princeton Packet. A Fairfax native, she graduated from Princeton University.

Archived Articles
The Insider | February 9, 2009

Facing tighter budgets and a greater emphasis on fuel efficiency, the military vehicle industry has a challenging year ahead, according to industry panelists at last week's tactical wheeled vehicles conference in Monterey, CA.

Daily News | January 28, 2009

The Defense Department likely overpaid for Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles because contract officials did not properly assess prices and failed to ask for a volume discount from one of the top truck manufacturers, according to a closely held report from the Pentagon inspector general.

Daily News | January 21, 2009

A top-to-bottom review of the Army's Future Combat Systems program is expected to wrap up by the end of February, according to the service's vice chief of staff.

The Insider | January 21, 2009

The Army's Future Combat Systems effort will support a full-spectrum Army, according to the service's chief of staff.

Daily News | January 14, 2009

While the number of committed Army troops likely will increase through 2010, the Army's chief of staff said today he expects the service to make continued progress on bringing the force back into balance.

Daily News | January 9, 2009

U.S. European Command needs to hold onto its forces -- rather than draw down two brigades by 2013 -- and beef up its intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance tools, according to its commander.

The Insider | January 8, 2009

Just in time for a kick-off organizational meeting next week, House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) is welcoming eight new Democrats to the panel.

The Insider | January 8, 2009

Because of the unprecedented challenges facing President-elect Obama, the outgoing administration is facilitating “a different kind of transition,” according to Stephen Hadley, President Bush's national security adviser.

Daily News | January 6, 2009

The Defense Department's updated $69.7 billion war cost estimate for the balance of fiscal year 2009 falls more than 20 percent short of the total sum Pentagon leaders believe the military requires to repair and replace battle-worn equipment and fund a larger U.S. presence in Afghanistan, according to a previously unreported DOD document.

Daily News | December 30, 2008

The Pentagon has selected a dozen new efforts to fund in fiscal year 2009 through a program that seeks to identify foreign-made equipment that would be useful to the U.S. Military.

Daily News | December 22, 2008

Seven years after the military identified performance-based logistics as its preferred weapon system support strategy, the initiative's success in reducing costs remains unclear, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.

Daily News | December 19, 2008

Defense Secretary Robert Gates is promising fixes to mechanical problems faced by Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles just as the Defense Department undertakes a second effort to rapidly acquire another variant of the blast-proof trucks.

Daily News | December 17, 2008

In recognition of changes made to its operational doctrine earlier this year, the Army this week formally released a revised training manual that places equal importance on stability and combat operations.

Daily News | December 11, 2008

The Pentagon office set up to combat improvised explosive devices should maintain its current focus rather than expand its portfolio to cover other threats, according to its top official.

The Insider | December 10, 2008

The Pentagon has not been able to rapidly adapt to a “war footing,” according to the Center for Public Integrity's new large-scale assessment of the Bush administration, titled “Broken Government.”

Daily News | December 9, 2008

The fast-moving Mine Resistant Ambush Protected All-Terrain Vehicle program has taken another step forward with the release of a formal request for proposals.

The Insider | December 9, 2008

Following the release of the Pentagon Inspector General's report on the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected acquisition effort, Rep. Neil Abercrombie (D-HI) has issued a statement criticizing the Marine Corps and the overall defense procurement system.

Daily News | December 8, 2008

The Pentagon's inspector general has cleared Marine Corps Combat Development Command of criminal negligence for not responding to a 2005 request from Iraq for life-saving Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles by troops in Iraq, but the IG says the Quantico, VA-based command failed to redirect the urgent request for armored trucks to the Pentagon.

Daily News | November 25, 2008

Future defense budgets should take into account the funding required to support the operational role of the reserve components, Defense Secretary Robert Gates writes in a 41-page memo signed yesterday.

Daily News | November 25, 2008

The new MRAP All-Terrain Vehicle will be produced using the top-priority rating employed by the original Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle program, according to a draft executive summary of the M-ATV request for proposals.

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