Mark Esper: Reforming ‘Fourth Estate’ Mgmt Could Save $46B in DoD Budget

Mark Esper, Secretary of the Army

Mark Esper, acting defense secretary and 2019 Wash100 Award winner, said he intends to reform the Department of Defense’s “Fourth Estate” agencies, C4ISRnet teported Monday. Esper noted in his advanced policy questions to the Senate Armed Services Committee that revising Fourth Estate management will help the DoD save up to $46 billion.

He added that he intends to work with the chief management officer and deputy secretary to assess Fourth Estate agencies’ resources, budgets, infrastructure and performance. The Fourth Estate is comprised of 27 agencies including the Defense Intelligence Agency, Missile Defense Agency, the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, National Reconnaissance Office and Defense Information Systems Agency.

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