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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, and a former U.S. Army officer and defense contractor lobbyist. He previously served as the 23rd United States Secretary of the Army from 2017 to 2019.

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Milley, Esper push review of Confederacy symbols [Video]

Milley, Esper push review of Confederacy symbols

The top U.S. general said on Thursday that the military had to take a "hard look" at symbols of the Confederacy, including the names of bases, and said he had recommended a commission to look at the..

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National Guard 'did not advance' on crowd at Lafayette Park: Esper [Video]

National Guard 'did not advance' on crowd at Lafayette Park: Esper

U.S Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday told the House Armed Services Committee that the National Guard did not advance on a crowd of protesters nor did it shoot rubber bullets on June 1st.

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Pentagon war games included squashing domestic insurrection by young activists: report [Video]

Pentagon war games included squashing domestic insurrection by young activists: report

The Pentagon conducted a war game in 2018 that pitted armed forces against a youth uprising dubbed Zbellion.

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Top U.S. general regrets joining Trump church walk during protests [Video]

Top U.S. general regrets joining Trump church walk during protests

General Mark Milley said accompanying the president for a photo op preceded by a violent crackdown on protesters created the perception "of the military involved in domestic politics." This report..

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Secretary Of Defense And Secretary Of The Army Consider Renaming Confederate Named Bases [Video]

Secretary Of Defense And Secretary Of The Army Consider Renaming Confederate Named Bases

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Secretary of the Army spoke out about bases honoring Confederate leaders. According to Business Insider, they both are open to talking about renaming the bases. The..

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Esper's Split With Trump Over Sending US Troops To Kill Protests Put Him In Hot Water [Video]

Esper's Split With Trump Over Sending US Troops To Kill Protests Put Him In Hot Water

When US Defense Secretary Mark Esper publicly split with President Donald Trump amid nationwide protests, he was gambling with his career. Business Insider reports Trump was furious with Esper for not..

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Why Defense Secretary Esper's Days May Be Numbered [Video]

Why Defense Secretary Esper's Days May Be Numbered

Business Insider reports Secretary of Defense Mark Esper is in hot water with top White House brass. Esper said on Wednesday that he opposed sending active-duty troops to respond to protests and unrest..

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Trump Wants To Use Tanks On Protestors [Video]

Trump Wants To Use Tanks On Protestors

Defense Secretary Mark Esper urged governors to "dominate the battlespace" amid the George Floyd protests. Pentagon officials told the Daily Beast the remarks were meant only as a show of support to..

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Trump vows to send troops into cities as protests rage [Video]

Trump vows to send troops into cities as protests rage

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday vowed to use force to end violent protests in American cities. This report produced by Chris Dignam.

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Esper defends using National Guard during protests

Testifying on Capitol Hill, defense chief Mark Esper defended using National Guard soldiers to support law enforcement agencies in handling civil unrest triggered by the killing of George Floyd. (July..
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Pentagon considers ban on Confederate symbols at all military facilities

Defense Secretary Mark Esper is considering a ban on Confederate imagery at all military facilities. The Navy and Marine Corps already have such bans.
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Defense Secretary Will Assess How to Promote More Minorities in Military

Mark T. Esper’s announcement comes as the military is working through issues on race that reflect the larger forces sweeping the country.
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Pentagon official who questioned Ukraine aid freeze resigns

Pentagon Comptroller Elaine McCusker, who was reported to have questioned the suspension of U.S. military aid to Ukraine, a key element in the inquiry leading to President Donald Trump's impeachment,..
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Pentagon chief orders review of National Guard's response to protests

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of the National Guard's response to recent protests over police brutality and racism, the Pentagon said on Thursday.
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Mark Esper Breaks With Trump on Using Troops Against Protestors

Mark Esper’s comments reflected the turmoil within the military over President Trump, who has said he could put active-duty troops on the streets to perform law enforcement functions.
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George Floyd protests: Don't deploy active duty American troops to battle Americans

Donald Trump treats the Pentagon like a pawn, and Defense Secretary Mark Esper is right to 'not support invoking the Insurrection Act': Our view
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U.S. defense chief opposes deploying troops to quell protests, despite Trump threats

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active-duty forces to quell civil unrest for now, despite President Donald Trump's..
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'I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act': Defense Secretary Esper breaks with Trump on use of troops

"The option to use active-duty forces in a law enforcement role should only be used as a matter of last resort," Esper said.
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Esper opposes Insurrection Act for law enforcement

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Wednesday he opposes use of the Insurrection Act, which would allow President Donald Trump to use active-duty military forces for law enforcement duties in containing..
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U.S. shouldn't invoke Insurrection Act, defense secretary says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active duty forces to quell civil unrest, a move President Donald Trump threatened to..
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U.S. defense secretary says he doesn't support invoking Insurrection Act

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday that he does not support invoking the Insurrection Act to deploy active duty forces to quell civil unrest and added that he regretted using the word..
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Perils for Pentagon as Trump threatens to militarize response to civil unrest

"Battlespace" was the word U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper used to describe protest sites in the United States. The top U.S. general then reinforced that image by appearing in downtown Washington in..
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Russia invites U.S. defense secretary to Red Square military parade

Russian Defence Minister Sergei Shoigu, in a phone call with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper, invited him to a military parade in Moscow's Red Square on June 24, the ministry said on Tuesday.
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UK, U.S. defence ministers discuss 'disinformation' from Russia, China

Britain's defence minister Ben Wallace and his U.S. counterpart Mark Esper discussed the need to tackle disinformation coming from Russia and China on Thursday, the British government said.
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US ramps up rhetoric over China virus response

Defense Secretary Mark Esper slammed the Chinese government Tuesday as the Trump adminstration makes ever louder pronouncements casting blame on China for the COVID-19 pandemic. (May 5)  
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Taliban not living up to commitments, U.S. Defense Secretary says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that the Taliban were not living up to their commitments under an agreement signed this year, amid signs the fragile deal is under strain by a..
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Italy's Prime Minister says foreign policy hasn't changed: paper

Italy's Prime Minister said on Tuesday foreign policy had not shifted after the country received aid for the coronavirus emergency from both China and Russia, in a response to an interview with U.S...
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Pentagon chief to 'thoroughly review' Navy inquiry into coronavirus-hit ship

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper will "thoroughly review" the Navy's preliminary inquiry into a coronavirus outbreak aboard the aircraft carrier Theodore Roosevelt and then meet with Navy leadership..
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U.S. Pentagon chief criticizes China as misleading, opaque on coronavirus

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he believes China's leaders have been misleading and opaque about the coronavirus outbreak that originated there and does not trust that they are..
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U.S. defense secretary says China still withholding information on coronavirus

China is still withholding information related to the coronavirus needed to inform the global response, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said in a television interview on Wednesday, as he called on..
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Unclear how long coronavirus-related restrictions will remain on military: Pentagon

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Tuesday said he was extending a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad and that it was unclear how long coronavirus-related..
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Exclusive: Inside Trump's standoff with South Korea over defense costs

When U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper rang his South Korean counterpart this week, he pressed for a deal quickly on defense cost-sharing that President Donald Trump expects will translate into much..
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Pentagon chief accepts acting Navy Secretary's resignation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday that he had accepted Acting Navy Secretary Thomas Modly's resignation.
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U.S. defense chief backs Navy ouster amid report captain has coronavirus

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper defended the Navy's controversial decision to remove the commander of a coronavirus-stricken aircraft carrier, who was reported on Sunday to have tested positive for..
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Secretary of Defense Mark Esper: Converted NYC convention center will be 'largest hospital in the United States'

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said more than 1,100 doctors, nurses and other medical personnel will be sent to New York City to help treat patients.
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U.S. Defense chief backs Navy decision to oust U.S. ship commander

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday defended the U.S. Navy's controversial decision to remove the commander of a coronavirus-stricken U.S. aircraft carrier, saying it was a "tough call" but..
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Defense Secretary Esper backed firing of carrier captain Crozier

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper backed the Navy's firing of the commander of a coronavirus-striken aircraft carrier, the Pentagon said on Friday, amid a backlash from Democrats in Congress as well as..
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Pentagon says coronavirus outbreak on carrier doesn't warrant evacuation

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was not time to evacuate a U.S. aircraft carrier reeling from an outbreak of coronavirus, adding that he had not read in detail a letter from the..
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Exclusive: Pentagon orders halt overseas movement for U.S. military over coronavirus

Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order to the U.S. military halting travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the coronavirus through the..
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U.S. military to send field hospitals to New York, Seattle

The U.S. military is preparing to deploy field hospitals to New York and Seattle, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday, as he acknowledged for the first time that the global coronavirus pandemic..
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Pentagon to free up one million respirator masks immediately for coronavirus

The U.S. military will make available up to 5 million respirator masks and protective equipment, including 1 million immediately, from its strategic reserves for U.S. government distribution, U.S...
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As coronavirus spreads, U.S. defense secretary separated from deputy

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper has started keeping himself and his staff physically separated from his deputy's team as one of the precautions to prevent the spread of the coronavirus from impacting..
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Trump gives Pentagon authority for potential response after deadly Iraq attack

U.S. President Donald Trump has given the Pentagon the authority to potentially respond to Wednesday's rocket attack by Iran-backed militia in Iraq that killed two American troops and a British service..
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Pentagon chief says all options on table after Iraq rocket attack

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that all options were on the table after a rocket attack in Iraq killed one British and two American troops, an attack he said was by Iranian-backed..
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Pentagon to keep operating in event of coronavirus outbreak-Esper

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday he expected the Pentagon to be able to keep carrying out its core functions in the event of a coronavirus outbreak at the massive military..
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China defense minister discusses coronavirus with U.S.

Chinese Defense Minister Wei Fenghe discussed the coronavirus situation in China with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Wednesday in a telephone call, China's defense ministry said.
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Taliban accord hopeful moment but road ahead not easy: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Saturday that the United States would remain committed to Afghan security forces and while the signing of a historic accord between Washington and the Taliban..
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Pentagon chief lands in Afghanistan ahead of U.S., Taliban deal

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Kabul on Saturday, in a move officials and experts said was aimed at reassuring the Afghan government about the United States' commitment to the country..
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Defense Secretary Esper: US has reached a deal with the Taliban to reduce deadly attacks

The deal between the U.S. and the Taliban calls for a reduction in deadly attacks that have ravaged Afghanistan.
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U.S.-Taliban have negotiated 'proposal' for seven day reduction in violence: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the United States and the Taliban had negotiated a proposal for a seven-day reduction in violence.
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Landmines important tool U.S. troops need: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that landmines were an important tool that U.S. forces needed, as President Donald Trump's administration is expected to relax Obama-era restrictions on..
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U.S. seeks Iraqi nod to bring in air defenses after Iran attack

The United States is trying to secure permission from Iraq to take Patriot missile defenses into the country to better defend U.S. forces after Iran's Jan. 8 missile attack, which wounded 50 American..
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Pentagon chief defends Trump after traumatic brain injury comments

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Thursday defended President Donald Trump's response to American troops being diagnosed with traumatic brain injuries from Iran's missile strike, saying he cared..
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U.S. will not completely withdraw forces from Africa: Pentagon chief

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Thursday that the United States would not be removing all its forces from Africa, as he carries out a global troop review meant to free up more resources to..
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China a '21st century surveillance state,' U.S. defense chief says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that China's Communist Party had created a surveillance state that uses artificial intelligence to repress Muslim minorities and pro-democracy..
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Pentagon could start global troop rebalance this year, Esper says

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper suggested on Thursday he could be ready to start a highly anticipated global force repositioning this year as part of an effort to refocus the Pentagon on challenges..
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Associated Press top stories from January 12th

Here are the top stories for Sunday, January 12th: Esper says he didn't see 'hard evidence' embassy attack plans  
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Defense secretary Mark Esper didn't see specific evidence of Iran plot against 4 US embassies

Trump did not say there was "tangible" evidence Iran planned to attack the embassies, only that he believed it to be probable, Esper said.
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Pentagon chief says no specific evidence Iran was plotting to attack four U.S. embassies

U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday said he did not see specific evidence from intelligence officials that Iran was planning to attack four U.S. embassies, an assertion made by President Donald..
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