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Esper: U.S. Continues to Deploy, Reposition Troops in Middle East

Three Marines wearing combat equipment are silhouetted against a city skyline at night.

The United States continues to deploy and reposition troops throughout the Middle East to bolster U.S. security and force protection and to be prepared for any contingency, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper said. “Over the last several days, I’ve had many conversations with our partners and allies about the situation in Iraq and the region,” the secretary told reporters ...

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Esper Becomes 27th Defense Secretary

Dr. Mark T. Esper became the 27th defense secretary today during an early-evening White House swearing-in ceremony. Earlier in the day, by a 90-8 vote, the U.S. Senate confirmed Esper to serve in the office. Esper officially became the defense secretary when the president signed the appointment paperwork preceding the formal swearing in. Esper became acting defense secretary last month after then-acting ...

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Watch: President Trump Participates in the Swearing-In Ceremony for the Secretary of Defense [video + transcript]

President Donald Trump participated Tuesday evening in the swearing-in ceremony for Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark Esper. Watch: Complete Transcript: THE PRESIDENT: Well, thank you very much everybody. We have a very important moment in our country’s history, actually. And we had a lot of our great Republican senators in the White House, and I invited them over and many ...

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Esper Would Continue Pentagon Emphasis on Readiness, Partnerships, Reform

Army Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper told senators that he would continue to prioritize training, modernization, building alliances and partnerships and reforming the Pentagon if he’s confirmed to serve as secretary of defense. Esper, President Donald J. Trump’s nominee to assume the Pentagon’s top post, testified at his Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing today. The committee will make a ...

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Elizabeth Warren Tries To Shame Defense Nominee Mark Esper In Confirmation Hearing

Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren tried to shame Defense Secretary Nominee Mark Esper during his Senate Armed Services Committee testimony Tuesday and he wasn’t having any of it. Warren asked Esper several questions about Raytheon, where he worked as a lobbyist for over six years, demanding Esper voluntarily extend the required 2-years recusal period related to Raytheon matters. Warren then asked ...

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