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

Army market budgets and opportunities breakfast

The Army’s budgets and programs are focused on high-end combat capabilities with near-peer adversaries. While upgrades to its existing systems will be the short-term trend, investments in modernization and cutting-edge technologies will become increasingly important.

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.

5 ways a government shutdown would affect contractors

Congress and President Donald Trump face an April 28 deadline for enacting legislation to fund the government for the remainder of fiscal 2017. Here’s what government contractors need to know.

Congress, law may save contractors from Trump’s budget cuts

President Donald Trump’s plans to shrink the government may hit major obstacles in both Congress and the courts, thanks to a 1970’s era law.

Defense contracts may see $27.5 billion boost in Trump budget

President Donald Trump is requesting a big boost to military spending in the fiscal 2018 budget request blueprint. Of the proposed $52.3 billion increase for the Pentagon about $27.5 billion will flow to contractors.