Robert Levinson

Senior Defense Analyst

Robert Levinson is a senior defense analyst with Bloomberg Government, covering defense spending, sequestration, international sales opportunities for military equipment, and government contracting. He is a retired lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force with more than 20 years of service. Prior to joining Bloomberg Government, Levinson worked for Booz Allen Hamilton as a strategic communications consultant and in government relations for the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. He has a bachelor’s degree from the U.S. Air Force Academy and a master’s from the University of California, San Diego. He is also a graduate of Harvard’s program for Senior Executives in National and International Security.

Blog posts

Mattis’s Billions: Pentagon May Struggle to Spend More, Faster

U.S. Defense Secretary James Mattis has a problem many people have only fantasized about: His agency may soon have more money than it knows how to spend.

Defense Spending by the Numbers

President Donald Trump plans to seek $716 billion for defense in his fiscal 2019 budget request, which is expected on or around Feb. 12.

Five key DOD contract trends

U.S. Navy is surpassing the Army in a bitter rivalry: the battle over federal contract dollars.

Unintended headache: More money, more problems for the Pentagon

The Pentagon may soon face a problem rare for a government agency: too much money and too little time to spend it.

Warren warning on ‘corporate capture’ showcases defense strength (updated)

Senator Elizabeth Warren’s warning that the U.S. military is at risk of “corporate capture” because of the close ties to industry of President Donald Trump’s picks to run the Pentagon undermine pleas of distress from defense companies.

Boeing may follow Northrop Grumman in consolidation space race

Northrop Grumman Corp.’s announcement this week that it had agreed to pay $7.8 billion to buy Orbital ATK Inc. could already be triggering a wave of market consolidation as other companies push to compete with Elon Musk’s Space Exploration Technologies Corp. (SpaceX).

DOD’s Strategic Capabilities Office seeks advanced research

A recent U.S. Department of Defense document could signal opportunities to supply advanced technologies that will make the difference in future wars.

Trump has three North Korea options — all are bad

As the world tries to process the news that North Korea probably can put a nuclear weapon on an ICBM and President Donald Trump trades barbs with Supreme Leader Kim Jong-Un, the real question is: What happens now?

Pentagon run more like a business? It’s been trying for years

Pentagon officials, at the urging of Congress and successive administrations, has been trying for years to operate more like a business to cut costs and operate more efficiently. They have little to show for those efforts, an analysis by Bloomberg Government shows.

Analyzing the fiscal 2018 defense budget request

Bloomberg government analysts presented a webinar on President Trump’s fiscal 2018 defense budget request. See both a big-picture view and details on the priorities of the individual military services.