Tag Archives: Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

U.S. Warns China Will Gain Edge if the Philippines Ends Visiting Forces Agreement

U.S. Warns China Will Gain Edge if the Philippines Ends Visiting Forces Agreement

U.S. Army 1st Lt. Alex Donahue discusses the importance of proper knots and rigging with Philippine soldiers during a subject matter expert exchange in support of Balikitan 2017 at Fort Ramon Magsaysay, Philippines on May 4, 2017. US Army Photo

KUALA LUMPUR — The Philippines government has now formally begun the process of terminating the Visiting Forces Agreement with the United States, Philippines Foreign Secretary Teodoro Locsin confirmed on Twitter: the U.S. Embassy in Manila has received notice, and the termination will take effect 180 days later. Read More

UPDATED: Navy's New Shipbuilding Plan ‘Dead on Arrival,’ Lawmakers Say

UPDATED: Navy’s New Shipbuilding Plan ‘Dead on Arrival,’ Lawmakers Say

Tripoli (LHA-7) is launched at Huntington Ingalls Industries’ (HII) shipyard in Pascagoula, Miss. on March 1, 2017. US Navy Photo

This post has been updated to include information from a Feb. 10 budget briefing with Rear Adm. Randy Crites, the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for budget.

The proposed Navy shipbuilding plan that cuts a Virginia-class submarine, a frigate and an oiler that were previously planned for FY 2021 received immediate bipartisan pushback from the House and the Senate. Read More

Reports to Congress, DoD Guidelines on Coronavirus Outbreak

Reports to Congress, DoD Guidelines on Coronavirus Outbreak

The following is the Jan. 31, 2020 Congressional Research Service In Focus report, Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV): Developments in China and International Response, the Jan. 29, 2020 CRS In Sight report, Another Coronavirus Emerges: U.S. Domestic Response to 2019-nCoV and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper’s Jan. 31, 2020 guidance to the Department of Defense. Read More

U.K. Royal Navy Takes Lead in Persian Gulf Shipping Protection Mission

U.K. Royal Navy Takes Lead in Persian Gulf Shipping Protection Mission

MANAMA, Bahrain (Jan. 30, 2020) Rear Adm. Alvin Holsey (left), commander of the International Maritime Security Construct (IMSC), salutes Royal Navy Commodore James Parkin (right) during a change of command ceremony for the IMSC. Holsey was relieved by Parkin during the ceremony. U.S. Navy

THE PENTAGON – The U.K. Royal Navy is now leading the international effort to protect shipping through the Strait of Hormuz, the Persian Gulf and the Gulf of Oman following a change of command ceremony Thursday. Read More

Marine Corps Crisis Response Force Will Remain In Baghdad

Marine Corps Crisis Response Force Will Remain In Baghdad

U.S. Army Paratroopers assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 1st Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division, deploy from Pope Army Airfield, North Carolina, Jan. 1, 2020. U.S. Army photo

THE PENTAGON – After sending Marines from Kuwait to beef up security at the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said a battalion of Army paratroopers will now serve as the regional quick-response force, a role previously filled by the Marines. Read More

Top Stories 2019: Navy and Pentagon Leadership

Top Stories 2019: Navy and Pentagon Leadership

General David H. Berger, commandant of the Marine Corps, and Adm. Michael M. Gilday, chief of naval operations march down center walk with their wives during a Friday Evening Parade at Marine Barracks Washington, D.C., Aug. 30, 2019. US Marine Corps photo.

This post is part of a series of review stories looking back at the top naval news from 2019.

2019 brought an overhaul to uniformed and civilian leadership for the Navy and Marine Corps, and with it a refined vision for where the services should be heading. Read More

Retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite Tapped to be Next SECNAV

Retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite Tapped to be Next SECNAV

Kenneth Braithwaite, the U.S. ambassador to Norway, arrives aboard the Wasp-class amphibious assault ship USS Iwo Jima (LHD 7) Nov. 15, 2018, in the port of Oslo, Norway after participating in Trident Juncture 2018. Navy photo

THE PENTAGON – President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate retired Rear Adm. Kenneth Braithwaite, the current U.S. ambassador to Norway, to be the next secretary of the Navy.

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SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

SECDEF Esper Says SECNAV Spencer Ousted For Going Outside Chain Of Command

Former Secretary of the Navy Richard V. Spencer, right, with Secretary of Defense Mark Esper at the U.S. Naval Academy. Navy photo.

This post has been updated with statements from former SECNAV Richard V. Spencer made to CBS News.

THE PENTAGON – Richard V. Spencer, former secretary of the Navy, was fired because it became clear his conversations inside the Pentagon did not match what he secretly discussed with White House officials, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper said Monday morning.

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Panel: South Korean Officials Concerned with 'Ad Hoc' U.S. Policy

Panel: South Korean Officials Concerned with ‘Ad Hoc’ U.S. Policy

USS John C. Stennis (CVN-74) arrives at Commander, Republic of Korea Fleet base in Busan, the new home on March 12, 2016. US Navy Photo

WASHINGTON — South Koreans increasingly wonder whether the White House’s transactional approach to foreign relations means the United States will honor its commitment to come to their aid in a crisis, a panel of security experts said this week. Read More