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 | November 25, 2008

The Associated Press and others are reporting today that Defense Secretary Robert Gates -- in a widely distributed 41-page memo issued in response to the most recent Commission on the National Guard and Reserves report -- is calling for a broad review of the reserve component's ability to handle domestic disasters.

The Insider | November 19, 2008

President-elect Obama's transition team announced today that James Steinberg and Susan Rice will lead its national security policy working group.

Daily News | November 17, 2008

The Army should terminate its effort to add 65,000 soldiers in the active component and reexamine its premiere modernization effort as it looks toward the future, according to a new report by the Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments.

The Insider | November 17, 2008

The wave of advice for the incoming Obama administration continues.

Daily News | November 12, 2008

The transition team of President-elect Obama has tapped former Defense Department officials John White and Michele Flournoy to serve as the DOD agency review team leads.

The Insider | November 12, 2008

A new RAND Corp. study is calling for the next administration to approach nation-building with a willingness to hear multiple and opposing views, particularly urging the new president to bring together civilian and military agencies in the effort.

Daily News | November 12, 2008

A Boeing, Textron and Science Applications International Corp. team has filed a protest in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, becoming the second of four losing teams to contest the outcome of the competition.

Daily News | November 12, 2008

A new Defense Department directive that recognizes the reserve component as an operational force reflects a dramatic change in the way the Defense Department views the National Guard and Reserves, according to officials and advocates for the reserve component.

Daily News | November 10, 2008

With the announcement of Northrop Grumman's protest in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program, contract-winning teams confirmed today that they have received stop-work orders from the government.

The Insider | November 10, 2008

Inside the Army this week has a good look at what to expect from the transition, according to former officials who suggested keeping a close eye on the new administration's plans for the size of the force and how it handles the Future Combat Systems program -- the Army's sweeping modernization effort.

Daily News | November 7, 2008

Northrop Grumman announced today that it has filed a protest with the Government Accountability Office after not receiving an award in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle program's technology development phase.

The Insider | November 5, 2008

Sen. Barack Obama, who will become a wartime president on his first day in office, will face pressing national security challenges and be forced to make critical decisions early, according to a report released today by the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

The Insider | November 4, 2008

Beyond the big-ticket weapons programs and end-strength issues that garner the most attention in discussions of what the next Pentagon leadership team will have to deal with is the less-sexy but equally thorny matter of reset – returning all that well-worn equipment to fighting shape.

Daily News | October 30, 2008

The Defense Department may include in future budget plans a "placeholder" for the kinds of lightweight but well-protected vehicles needed in Afghanistan, according to the Pentagon's top acquisition executive.

Daily News | October 29, 2008

The Pentagon today awarded three industry teams contracts to develop technologies for a Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, inviting AM General and General Dynamics Land Systems, Lockheed Martin and the BAE Systems' Armor Holdings division and BAE Systems of York, PA, and Navistar to compete in the program.

The Insider | October 28, 2008

With the Defense Department poised to award Joint Light Tactical Vehicle contracts this week, let's take a moment to review the competitors.

Daily News | October 27, 2008

The Defense Department this week will announce technology development contract awards in the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle competition, according to the Pentagon acquisition chief.

Daily News | October 21, 2008

DEARBORN, MI -- An urgent, operational need statement for a "lite" Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicle has been approved, spawning the preparation of a request for proposals that will upgrade the fledgling initiative from a market survey to an actual acquisition effort, according to a top MRAP official.

The Insider | October 15, 2008

A former Defense Department program analysis and evaluation official said today that congressional intervention in Pentagon programs would be improved by more military experience in the legislature -- but he expressed doubt that Congress will be peopled with more knowledgeable lawmakers anytime soon.

Daily News | October 14, 2008

The Army is assuring the Pentagon that it will fully fund Stryker Mobile Gun System fixes and that it plans to use money unspent in fiscal year 2008 to pay for retrofits.

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