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Raytheon Exec Mark Esper Confirmed as Army Secretary

Mark Esper

The Senate approved Mark Esper, vice president of government relations at Raytheon, to serve as U.S. Army secretary through an 89-6 vote Wednesday, the Washington Examiner reported Wednesday.

His confirmation came four months after President Donald Trump nominated him for the service’s top civilian post.

“I’m also confident that [Esper] will call upon his experience in the private sector to bring a reform mindset to the many challenges facing our Army such as the readiness crisis and the urgent gaps in capabilities and modernization,” said Sen. John McCain (R-Arizona).

Esper previously served at the Defense Department as deputy assistant secretary for negotiations policy under the administration of former President George W. Bush and as a staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations and House Armed Services panels.

He is a retired lieutenant colonel who served in the Army for over two decades.

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