Tag Archives: Mark Esper

U.S. Navy Working to Expand Fleet to 355 Ships; RADM Tom Anderson Quoted

James Geurts

The U.S. Navy and Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award recipient Mark Esper have made recent efforts to expand the service branch’s fleet to at least 355 ships to keep pace with Chinese military modernization. However, the Navy has faced recent challenges to keep up with the capacity.

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Lt. Gen. David Thompson Nominated as Vice Chief of Space Operations

Lt. Gen. David Thompson

Lt. Gen. David Thompson, vice commander of the U.S. Space Force, has been nominated by President Trump to serve as the service’s vice chief of space operations. Defense Secretary and 2020 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper also announced Thompson’s nomination for promotion to the rank of general. 

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Mark Esper Announces Operations Security Training Requirements for All DoD Personnel

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and a 2020 Wash100 Award winner, has released a memoabout DoD’s new operations security training requirements for civilian employees, service members  and on-site contractors, Government Executive reported Thursday.

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Mark Esper Announces Pentagon’s Plan for Troop Drawdown in Germany; Gen. John Hyten Quoted

Mark Esper

Mark Esper, secretary of the Department of Defense (DoD) and 2020 Wash100 Award winner, announced that DoD intends to withdraw 11,900 troops from Germany in support of U.S. European Command’s plans to reposition those personnel to other locations in line with the implementation of the National Defense Strategy.

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NDAA Announces New Cybersecurity Position, Training for DoD Contractors; Mark Esper, Jim Langevin Quoted

Mark Esper

The Pentagon has announced plans to develop a top cybersecurity position, National Cyber director, within the White House under an amendment to the House version of the 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) that will create a National Cyber Director within the executive office of the president, Federal News Network reported on Monday.

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Kathryn Wheelbarger to Step Down From DoD Post; Mark Esper Quoted

Kathryn Wheelbarger

Kathryn Wheelbarger, acting assistant secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs, is slated to step down from her role on July 4, Reuters reported Thursday. Wheelbarger is responsible for handling policy issues involving European nations, NATO allies, Russia, Africa, the Middle East and the Western hemisphere.

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DoD Unveils Defense Space Strategy; Mark Esper Quoted

Mark Esper

The Department of Defense (DoD) has launched a new strategy that outlines how DoD will advance and leverage space capabilities to compete, deter and counter potential adversaries in the space domain. “This strategy identifies a phased approach on how we are going to achieve the desired conditions in space over the next 10 years,” Esper added. 

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