Tag Archives: Mark Esper

Correction to Our Previous Edition

GovConDaily Correction

GovConDaily incorrectly reported on Monday that Christopher C. Miller had been confirmed by the Senate as the Acting Secretary of Defense to assume the responsibilities of recently terminated Mark Esper. In fact, Mr. Miller has not been confirmed by the Senate for that role of SecDef. Rather, Mr. Miller was previously Senate confirmed as the head of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). We apologize for any confusion this may have caused. 

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Mark Esper, India’s Defense Minister Meet to Discuss Intell Data Sharing Agreement

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, met with Rajnath Singh, India’s defense minister, to discuss the basic exchange and cooperation agreement to facilitate sharing of sensitive satellite intelligence data between the two countries. The agreement would provide India access to aeronautical, topographical and nautical intelligence data

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Mark Esper: DoD Needs 5% Budget Increase to Stay Ahead of Adversaries

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, the defense secretary and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the Pentagon needs a 3 to 5 percent increase in budget to keep up with near-peer adversaries and boost military readiness. He noted that the DoD is looking to realign program funds and reform 2018 National Defense Strategy goals to ensure spending efficiency. 

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Mark Esper: DoD Eyes Commercial Sealift Vessels for FY 2022 Budget

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has said that DoD plans to add commercial vessels for military sealift operations in its budget request for fiscal year 2022. The Department of Defense also needs “sufficient munitions” to ensure conflict preparedness, according to Esper.

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Sen. Charles Grassley Asks DoD to Respond to Questions About JEDI Cloud Program

Sen. Charles Grassley

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa), chairman of the Senate Finance Committee, has asked the Department of Defense (DoD) to respond by Oct. 19th to several questions in relation to the findings and recommendations by DoD’s office of the inspector general about the Joint Enterprise Defense Infrastructure (JEDI) cloud computing program.

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Mark Esper: US Must Expand Fleet by 2045 to Retain Naval Dominance

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, has said the U.S. Navy must launch fleet expansion efforts to ensure American military dominance against China. Esper revealed that the U.S. needs to expand its fleet to over 355 ships by the mid-2030s and 500 ships by 2045.

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MG Kimbery Crider, Space Force CTIO, Discusses Digital Service Offerings; Mark Esper Quoted

MG Kimberly Crider

MG Kimberly Crider, acting chief technology and innovation officer (CTIO) of the Space Force, recently discussed the initiatives of the U.S. Space Force, stating that the agency will be a “digital service” on the leading edge of technology. The Space Force, created the Chief Technology Innovation Office (CTIO), will ensure that technology and innovation are primary focal points of the agency to attract quality talent. 

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Mark Esper: 5G Key to Pentagon’s Joint All-Domain C2

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said the development of 5G will play a key role in DoD’s Joint All Domain Command and Control (JADC2) concept. “This technology can enhance something as simple as virtual reality training or as ambitious as the connectivity of systems for JADC2,” Esper said. 

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Mark Esper: AI Could Transform Every Aspect of Battlefield

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, said he believes artificial intelligence has the potential to transform the battlefield and the country that is first to deploy AI will gain a significant advantage over its adversaries. Esper also discussed how Russia and China are advancing AI.

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Thomas Zelibor, US Navy Veteran, Named to DIB Space Advisory Council

Thomas Zelibor

Thomas Zelibor, CEO of Space Foundation and retired U.S. Navy flag officer, has been appointed to the Defense Innovation Board Space Advisory Council (DIB SAC). On the board, he will provide independent advice and recommendations to Mark Esper, secretary of defense and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient, as well as other senior Department of Defense (DoD) leaders on emerging space technologies. 

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