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27th United States secretary of defense

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Mark Esper: 27th United States secretary of defense
Mark Thomas Esper is the 27th and current United States secretary of defense. He previously served as acting secretary of defense and was the 23rd United States secretary of the Army from 2017 to 2019.

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U.S. asks South Korea to send troops to Strait of Hormuz - Yonhap

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper asked South Korea to send troops to join a U.S.-led maritime force in the Strait of Hormuz off the coast of Iran, Yonhap news agency said on Friday.
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U.S. defense secretary visits South Korea as region faces myriad challenges

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper will meet with senior South Korean leaders on Friday, amid a series of regional challenges ranging from tensions between Seoul and Tokyo to how much of the cost South..
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Videos for Mark Esper

Mongolia presents Esper with a horse [Video]Mongolia presents Esper with a horse

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on Wednesday, thanked Mongolia for its traditional gift of a horse. Esper named the seven-year old, caramel colored horse Marshall after former U.S. Defense Secretary..

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North Korea calls missile tests a 'warning' [Video]North Korea calls missile tests a 'warning'

North Korean leader Kim Jong Un says his country's latest launch of tactical guided missiles was a warning to the United States and South Korea over their joint military drills this week. Eve Johnson..

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U.S. Defense Secretary Accuses China Of Destabilizing Indo-Pacific [Video]U.S. Defense Secretary Accuses China Of Destabilizing Indo-Pacific

US Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday that China is destabilizing the Indo-Pacific. Esper charged Beijing with predatory economics, intellectual property theft and “weaponizing the global..

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Pentagon chief wants to put U.S. missiles in Asia [Video]Pentagon chief wants to put U.S. missiles in Asia

U.S. Defence Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a..

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Trump welcomes new Defense chief [Video]Trump welcomes new Defense chief

During a colorful Pentagon ceremony featuring a 21 gun salute, U.S. President Donald Trump on Thursday welcomed his new Defense chief Mark Esper who was confirmed by the Senate this week, ending the..

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Former Lobbyist Mark Esper Confirmed And Sworn In As Pentagon Chief [Video]Former Lobbyist Mark Esper Confirmed And Sworn In As Pentagon Chief

Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense on Tuesday, July 23. Esper was confirmed by the Senate in a strong bipartisan vote, ending the longest period the Pentagon had been..

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Senate confirms Esper as Defense Secretary [Video]Senate confirms Esper as Defense Secretary

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Army Secretary Mark Esper to be secretary of defense, ending the longest period by far that the Pentagon has been without a permanent top official. Rough Cut (no..

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Pentagon Delays Press Briefing On Turkey Accepting Missile System From Russia [Video]Pentagon Delays Press Briefing On Turkey Accepting Missile System From Russia

The Pentagon has indefinitely postponed a press briefing on Turkey accepting delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system. The briefing was supposed to take place earlier on Friday, July 12,..

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U.S. Defense Chief Looks To Rally NATO As Tensions With Iran Simmer [Video]U.S. Defense Chief Looks To Rally NATO As Tensions With Iran Simmer

According to a report by Reuters, on Thursday, acting US Defense Secretary Mark Esper appealed to NATO allies to publicly denounce Iran's hostile actions and consider participating in an evolving plan..

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New Pentagon Chief Wants To Win NATO Allies' Support On Iran [Video]New Pentagon Chief Wants To Win NATO Allies' Support On Iran

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he hoped to recruit support from NATO allies. The support would be for U.S. efforts to deter conflict with Iran and “open the door to..

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With an eye on Russia, China and a horse, Pentagon chief visits Mongolia

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper met senior Mongolian leaders on Thursday in a rare visit to the strategically important nation as the Pentagon seeks to implement its strategy of focusing on..
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Japan: PM Abe and U.S. defence secretary didn't discuss U.S.-proposed maritime force

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper did not have any particular exchange on the U.S.-proposed maritime coalition in the Middle East, Japan's top government..
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Any Turkish incursion into Syria 'unacceptable,' will prevent it: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday any Turkish operation into northern Syria would be "unacceptable" and the United States would prevent unilateral incursions, as tensions between..
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Pentagon chief says U.S. will not 'overreact' to North Korea missile launches

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the United States will not overreact to a series of missiles launches by North Korea in recent weeks and would keep the door open to talks with..
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China destabilizing Indo-Pacific: U.S. Defense Secretary

China is destabilizing the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, charging Beijing with predatory economics, intellectual property theft and "weaponizing the global commons".
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U.S. says China destabilizing Indo-Pacific: Pentagon chief

The United States says China is destabilizing the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday, charging Beijing with predatory economics, intellectual property theft and "weaponizing..
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United States opposes 'destabilizing' behavior by China in Indo-Pacific: Pentagon chief

The United States opposes destabilizing behavior by China in the Indo-Pacific, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Sunday.
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U.S. Defense Secretary says he favors placing missiles in Asia

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a..
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Pentagon chief says in favor of placing missiles in Asia

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that he was in favor of placing ground-launched, intermediate-range missiles in Asia relatively soon, a day after the United States withdrew from a..
Reuters - Published

Trump Turnover: "Easier to make moves when they're acting"

The Trump administration has seen a high rate of turnover. With Mark Esper's confirmation as Secretary of Defense this week, what roles remain open in the president's cabinet? Margaret Brennan breaks..
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Trump Turnover

The Trump administration has seen a high rate of turnover. With Mark Esper's confirmation as Secretary of Defense this week, what roles remain open in the president's cabinet? Margaret Brennan breaks..
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Trump attends Pentagon ceremony for Mark Esper — live updates

Mark Esper was confirmed as defense secretary in a 90-8 vote this week
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Defense Secretary Esper "anxious" to get to work

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper arrived for his first day of work Wednesday saying he was "anxious" to get his leadership team in place.  
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Mark Esper sworn in as defense secretary

The Senate voted to confirm President Trump's pick to lead the Department of Defense, Mark Esper. The Senate overwhelmingly voted 90-8 to confirm him. Esper, who had been serving as Army secretary, is..
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Former lobbyist Esper sworn in as Pentagon chief

Army Secretary Mark Esper was sworn in as U.S. secretary of defense on Tuesday, hours after being confirmed by the Senate in a strong bipartisan vote that ended the longest period by far the Pentagon..
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Trump's choice: Senate approves Mark Esper as defense secretary

The Senate overwhelmingly approved the nomination of Mark Esper to lead the Pentagon, ending seven months of uncertainty at the top of the military.
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Senate confirms former lobbyist Esper as secretary of defense

The U.S. Senate on Tuesday confirmed Army Secretary Mark Esper to be secretary of defense, ending the longest period by far that the Pentagon has been without a permanent top official.
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No Questions About U.S. Wars in Defense Chief’s Confirmation Hearing

Mark. T. Esper spent the hourslong hearing in front of the Senate Armed Services Committee mostly discussing military challenges from Iran, China and Russia.
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Democrat Warren slams Trump's defense nominee, citing ethics concerns

Democratic Senator and presidential hopeful Elizabeth Warren on Tuesday clashed with Mark Esper, President Donald Trump's nominee for U.S. defense secretary, saying he should be not be confirmed to the..
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Defense nominee Mark Esper focuses on modernization, takes fire from Elizabeth Warren

Pentagon nominee Mark Esper said the U.S. military must balance threats from Russia and China with hot spots like Iran and North Korea.
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Senate holds confirmation hearing for DoD's Mark Esper

Esper could be confirmed to his new role as early as Thursday
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Pentagon chief to speak with Turkish counterpart, position on F-35 unchanged

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that the United States had not changed its position on Turkey's role in the F-35 program if they accepted a Russian missile defense system and he..
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U.S. defense chief tries to rally NATO allies on Iran as tensions simmer

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper appealed to NATO allies on Thursday to publicly denounce Iran's hostile actions and consider participating in a still-evolving plan to better safeguard..
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U.S. appeals to NATO allies to publicly denounce Iran's actions

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper appealed to NATO allies on Thursday to publicly denounce Iran's hostile actions and consider participating in a still-evolving plan to better safeguard..
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U.S. tells NATO it wants to avoid war with Iran: diplomats

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper told NATO allies on Thursday that the United States did not want to go to war with Iran but said it could not tolerate any further incidents, according to allied..
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China hopes new Pentagon chief seeks to avoid confrontation

China hopes the new U.S. defense chief will seek to avoid confrontation with China, the defense ministry said on Thursday, in the Chinese military's first official reaction to the appointment of acting..
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U.S. warns Turkey of sanctions impact if it buys Russian defenses

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper warned his Turkish counterpart on Wednesday that Ankara's purchase of Russia's S-400 air defense system would not only end Turkey's role in the F-35 fighter jet..
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New Pentagon chief hopes to win NATO allies' support on Iran

Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday he hoped to recruit support from NATO allies this week for U.S. efforts to deter conflict with Iran and "open the door to diplomacy," as he made..
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Trump nominates Mark Esper to be next Defense Secretary

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew his name​ from consideration after reports surfaced of domestic violence incidents involving his family
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Incoming Pentagon chief will attend NATO meeting in Brussels next week

U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper, who becomes the acting defense secretary on Monday, will travel to Brussels next week for a meeting of NATO defense ministers, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.
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Trump says he's draining the swamp as he's filling his Cabinet with ex-lobbyists

Incoming Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper's ethics agreement allows him to continue to receive deferred compensation from Raytheon
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Mark Esper, Named as Acting Defense Secretary, Brings Military Background to the Job

Mr. Esper is likely to face questions over his longtime role as a lobbyist for a big military contractor. But Republicans embraced his appointment.
NYTimes.com - Published

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdraws nomination amid domestic violence claims

Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan is withdrawing from the confirmation process after accusations of domestic violence by his ex-wife. Secretary of the Army Mark Esper will be taking his place...
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Mark Esper is the new acting Defense Secretary. Here is what you need to know about him.

Five things to know about Mark Esper, the new acting Defense Secretary.
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Army Secretary responds to reports that military families are living in unhealthy conditions

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper apologized Friday for the unsafe living conditions for families living on American military bases. Chip Reid reports.
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