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Sanctions also will be imposed against other people and organizations providing Iran financial and logistical support that allows the country to purchase and export weapons, said the senior U.S. officials, including Defense Secretary Mark Esper.

#Israel ’s @gantzbe '>Defense Ministe @gantzbe  will head to Washington Monday night to meet with his US counterpart Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. Report b @AAhronheim 

WATCH NOW: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Defense Secretary Mark Esper and other Trump administration officials hold a press conference about Iran sanctions

The Trump administration has moved or promoted at least 11 white men to senior positions at the Pentagon in the past three months, even as Defense Secretary Mark Esper has pledged to increase diversity at the department

The plan is for a fleet of ships more able to survive a high-intensity conflict, to project US power and presence, and to deliver precision strikes at very long distances, says Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.

Back in Washington following a three-day assignment shadowing Defense Secretary Mark Esper in California. Number of on-the-record interviews on the trip: 0. Esper appears to be firmly in hunker-down mode through the presidential election.

Leaving pierside from the fire-ravaged USS Bonhomme Richard with Defense Secretary Mark Esper. Journalists traveling with him were permitted on the pier, but not allowed to take photos or join his tour of the ship. Defense officials cited the open investigations into the fire.

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper announced an ambitious plan to expand the US Navy with a range of unmanned and autonomous ships, submarines and aircraft to confront the growing maritime challenge from China.

Mark Esper hasn't turned out to be the Bill Barr of the Pentagon that Trump would like. Here's what's behind the tension between Trump and his secretary of defense, with @DanLamothe  @missy_ryan :

It is crucial for both sides to take advantage of this opportunity to make a truly Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace process a success, US Defense Secretary Mark Esper says.


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#UPDATE  The United States will slash its military presence in Germany by 11,900 troops, relocating some to Italy and Belgium in a major shift of Washington's NATO assets, Defense Secretary Mark Esper announced Wednesday

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“The ceasefire is holding up very nicely. There are some minor skirmishes that have ended quickly. New areas being resettled with Kurds. U.S. soldiers are not in combat or ceasefire zone. We have secured the Oil.” Mark Esper, Secretary of Defense. Ending endless wars!

Breaking News: Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he didn't see any specific evidence that Iran had planned to attack 4 American embassies, as President Trump had claimed was justification for the strike that sent the U.S. and Iran to the brink of war

Reminder. Prior to becoming Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper was a lobbyist for Raytheon, a major US defense contractor.

....contracting procedures were not addressed to my satisfaction. Therefore, Secretary of the Navy Richard Spencer’s services have been terminated by Secretary of Defense Mark Esper. I thank Richard for his service & commitment. Eddie will retire peacefully with all of the.....

Today Defense Secretary Mark Esper notified me that the Department of Defense will reprogram $3.6 billion in funds appropriated for military construction projects, including at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, in order to build @realDonaldTrump  's misguided border wall.

....I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense. I know Mark, and have no doubt he will do a fantastic job!

This exchange between @Sen Warren and defense secretary nominee Mark Esper is stunning. Warren: "If confirmed, will you commit not to work for, or get paid by any defense contractor for at least four years after your government service?" Esper: "No, senator, I will not."

BREAKING: Defense Secretary Mark Esper confirmed one or two Saudi nationals filmed the Pensacola attack. It is not clear why they were filming it he said.