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This is Mark Esper, the Gulf War Army veteran and defense lobbyist who Trump has tapped to lead the Pentagon
After Patrick Shanahan stepped down from the post, President Donald Trump nominated Mark Esper for the job. Here's what we know about him so far.
One of the last decisions for the acting Defense Secretary was to hang up Jim Mattis’ official portrait in the Pentagon
Former Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is shown wearing cufflinks emblazoned with the Marine Corps' eagle, globe, and anchor emblem.
The Trump administration has rejected suggestions it's moving toward war after deploying military assets in response to unspecified threats.
Trump’s Pentagon pick is out after reports detailed brutal domestic violence incidents involving his ex-wife
Acting Secretary of Defense Pat Shanahan is calling it quits as his family's troubled past has come back to haunt him.
Trump’s pick for Pentagon chief has unexpectedly pulled his name out of the running and stepped down
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan has withdrawn from the confirmation process and is stepping down to spend more time with his family.
The White House has notified Congress that it intends to deploy 1,500 more US troops to the Middle East, the Associated Press reported Friday.
The acting defense secretary said that US resolve and the deployment of strategic assets have led Iran to recalculate and not attack Americans.
The US military is exploring a plan to deploy 120,000 troops to the Middle East as tensions with Iran intensify
The plan reportedly called for the deployment in the event that Iran either attacks US forces or ramps up its nuclear-weapons program.
The Pentagon is reportedly shifting funds from ballistic missile and surveillance plane programs to fund Trump’s border wall
Pentagon officials have explicitly stated that the diverted funds will not negatively affect military readiness.
Trump has nominated Patrick Shanahan, who has led the Pentagon since James Mattis stepped down five months ago, as the new secretary of defense.