Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper was officially nominated Monday afternoon to assume the role permanently, setting off a chain reaction of position shifts inside the Pentagon’s civilian leadership.
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Acting SECDEF Esper’s First Message to Pentagon
The following is Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s first message to the U.S. military and Pentagon civilians. Read More
Trump Withdraws Patrick Shanahan from Consideration for SECDEF Job
This post has been updated with a statement from Patrick Shanahan said.
Patrick Shanahan is stepping down as acting U.S. defense secretary and is no longer in contention to lead the Pentagon, according to a series of Tuesday tweets from President Trump. Read More
Hospital Ship USNS Comfort Departs for SOUTHCOM Deployment
USNS Comfort (T-AH 20) departed Naval Station Norfolk,Va., for a five-month deployment to provide medical assistance to the Caribbean and South America on Friday. Read More
Acting SECDEF Shanahan Reminds Pentagon to Stay Apolitical Following ‘McCain Situation’
The acting head of the Pentagon reminded active duty military and Defense Department civilians of the “apolitical nature of military service and professionalism,” according to two memos reviewed by USNI News. Read More
Shangri-La: Chinese Defense Minister Talks Tough on South China Sea, Taiwan
SINGAPORE — China’s Defense Minister General Wei Fenghe struck an uncompromising tone on Taiwan and the South China Sea in his Sunday speech IISS Shangri La Dialogue. Read More
Shangri-La: Shanahan Stresses Continued U.S. Role in Indo-Pacific
SINGAPORE – Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan stressed the U.S. commitment to the Indo-Pacific region and highlighted key messages from the Pentagon’s new Indo-Pacific Strategy Report in a Saturday speech at the Shangri-La Dialogue. Read More
The Department of Defense’s New Indo-Pacific Strategy
The following is The Department of Defense Indo-Pacific Strategy Report, released on June 1, 2019. Read More
Shanahan Tells US Naval Academy’s Class of 2019 to Challenge the Status Quo
Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan told the U.S. Naval Academy graduating class of 2019 to challenge the status quo, look for the hard jobs in their careers and not fear failure.
USS Arlington, Patriot Missiles to Join Lincoln Carrier Strike Group in Middle East
This post has been updated with new information on the position of USS Arlington The amphibious warship is currently in 6th Fleet and not currently in 5th Fleet.
The Pentagon is sending amphibious warship USS Arlington (LPD-24) and elements of the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit to join the Abraham Lincoln Carrier Strike Group as a hedge against Iran, according to a Friday Pentagon statement. Read More