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The Pentagon delayed promoting female generals over fears of Trump’s reaction
"I didn’t want their promotions derailed because someone in the Trump White House ... thought DoD was playing politics"
Erratic, impulsive, and dangerous: Trump’s legacy as commander-in-chief
A man without a country.
10 former defense secretaries call on Pentagon leaders to keep the military out of election politics
"The time for questioning the results has passed."
No, Trump’s Pentagon purge doesn’t mean he’s planning a military coup
(Arnold Schwarzenegger voice) It's not a coup!
Read Mark Esper’s final letter to President Trump as Defense Secretary
"I serve the country in deference to the Constitution, so I accept your decision to replace me."
SecDef Esper throws support behind Medal of Honor for fallen Iraq hero Alwyn Cashe
In a letter to lawmakers this month, Defense Secretary Mark Esper said he believes Sgt. 1st Class Alwyn Cashe deserves the Medal of Honor, and he'll work to approve it — although there will be a few final hurdles to overcome before the process is complete
Trump mocks his own Secretary of Defense as ‘Yesper’ and admits that he’s considered firing him
President Donald Trump may be field-testing a new nickname for Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
Trump privately discussed replacing SecDef Esper after the 2020 election
President Donald Trump has privately discussed with advisers the possibility of replacing Defense Secretary Mark Esper after the November election in the wake of a number of differences between them, a source familiar with the internal debate said on Wednesday
Every day, things get worse at the Pentagon
The Defense Department is lurching from one civil-military crisis to the next and the Five-Sided Funhouse is the center of it all.
SecDef Esper orders review of National Guard’s response to protests
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has ordered a review of the National Guard's response to recent protests over police brutality and racism, the Pentagon said on Thursday
Trump reportedly came dangerously close to firing Esper over using active-duty troops to quell protests
President Donald Trump was so infuriated by Defense Secretary Mark Esper's public disapproval of his suggestion to send in U.S. troops to subdue protests that he was on the brink of firing Esper
‘Racism is real in America’ — SecDef Esper condemns the killing of George Floyd
"Racism is real in America and we must all do our very best to recognize it, to confront it, and to eradicate it"
SecDef Esper says he ‘didn’t know’ where he was going during Trump’s controversial church photo-op
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper says he "didn't know" where he was going when he walked with the president through a park forcefully cleared of protesters for a photo-op at a damaged church
SecDef Esper: governors need to ‘dominate the battlespace’ to end nationwide unrest
President Donald Trump criticized governors for being weak amid continued nationwide unrest on a phone call Monday. During that call, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper urged state leaders to "dominate the battlespace," a reference to U.S. cities
Leaked Pentagon memo warns of ‘real possibility’ of COVID-19 resurgence, vaccine not coming until summer 2021
"All indications suggest we will be operating in a globally-persistent COVID-19 environment in the months ahead"
SecDef Esper uses the USS Theodore Roosevelt to tout America’s naval supremacy amid the COVID-19 crisis
Sorry, but the Big Stick is not exactly synonymous with naval supremacy at the moment
Trump, Esper, and Wilkie didn’t wear masks while meeting with WWII veterans despite COVID-19 threat
President Donald Trump and military and veterans affairs leaders did not wear masks during a Friday ceremony to mark the 75th anniversary of VE-Day despite the ongoing novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic
SecDef Esper: Russia and China are taking advantage of COVID-19 to advance their interests in Europe
Russia and China are taking advantage of the global novel coronavirus (COVID-19) emergency to put their interests forward in Europe, U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Monday
Everything is normal despite Iranian, Russian, Chinese, and North Korean provocations amid COVID-19 pandemic, top US military officials say
As the U.S. military continues to battle the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) within the ranks, America's adversaries appear poised to take advantage of the tumult
The great haircut debate has stoked fears of the military undermining its civilian overseers
Some fear that civilian control over the military is dangling by a thread of very long hair.
Esper says he won’t evacuate coronavirus-stricken carrier after ship captain’s letter warns of ‘unnecessary risk’ of keeping sailors onboard
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Tuesday it was not time to evacuate a U.S. aircraft...
New Jersey Guardsman is the first US service member to die of COVID-19
A New Jersey Army National Guardsman who passed away on Saturday is the first U.S. service member to die of COVID-19, the Pentagon announced Monday afternoon
Pentagon orders halt to all overseas movement for US forces for up to 60 days over COVID-19
Defense Secretary Mark Esper has issued a stop movement order halting all travel and movement abroad for up to 60 days in an effort to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) through the ranks of the military
The Pentagon reportedly warned top military commanders not to surprise Trump when taking action to protect US troops from coronavirus
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper has instructed combatant commanders not to make coronavirus response decisions without providing advanced notice to Pentagon leadership to ensure that their actions and messaging is consistent with that of the Trump administration