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Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting with New Zealand Minister of Defense Ronald Mark
Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting with New Zealand Minister of Defense Ronald Mark

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with New Zealand's Minister for Defense Ronald Mark in Auckland today to discuss the U.S.-New Zealand defense relationship.The two discussed shared collaboration on regional security issues, particularly in the Pacific Islands, and areas to strengthen U.S.-New Zealand defense cooperation.Secretary Esper expressed appreciation for New

Guantanamo Periodic Review Board Media Invitation Announced
Guantanamo Periodic Review Board Media Invitation Announced

The Department of Defense will allocate seats for news media at the Pentagon satellite location on Aug. 20, to cover unclassified portions of the Guantanamo Periodic Review Board for Abdullah Al Sharbi (ISN 682).Due to limited space availability, selection is not guaranteed. Upon selection, additional information on meeting time and location will be provided.Media desiring



Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2019
Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2019

Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds hosted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on 4 August in Sydney for the 29th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to deepen economic, security, and strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.As Prime Minister Morrison

Joint Statement: Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2019
Joint Statement: Australia-U.S. Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) 2019

Minister for Foreign Affairs Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Linda Reynolds hosted Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper on 4 August in Sydney for the 29th Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations (AUSMIN) to deepen economic, security, and strategic cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and globally.As Prime Minister Morrison



Secretary Esper Meeting With Minister of Defense Reynolds
Secretary Esper Meeting With Minister of Defense Reynolds

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met today with Australia’s Minister for Defense Linda Reynolds at Victoria Barracks in Sydney, Australia.The two leaders affirmed the strong defense relationship between Australia and the United States and committed to deepen cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region and around the globe. The secretary expressed appreciation for Australia's

Secretary of Defense Esper Media Engagement En Route to Sydney, Australia
Secretary of Defense Esper Media Engagement En Route to Sydney, Australia

Q:  All right, guys.  We're going to do about about 20 minutes on the record. So, sir, if you want to kick it off with any comments?SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DR. MARK T. ESPER:   Yes. So, let me begin by thanking you all for joining me on this trip. My first trip. And as such, I wanted to make sure that I went to what is our priority theater based on the National Defense



Statement From Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper on the INF Treaty
Statement From Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper on the INF Treaty

Russia has failed to comply with its obligations under the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, and as such, the United States has withdrawn from the INF Treaty effective today, Aug. 2, 2019. This withdrawal is a direct result of Russia’s sustained and repeated violations of the Treaty over many years and multiple presidential administrations.The facts are clear. The

Department of Defense Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) - December 2018
Department of Defense Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) - December 2018

The Department of Defense (DoD) has released details on major defense acquisition program cost, schedule, and performance changes since the December 2018 reporting period. This information is based on the comprehensive annual Selected Acquisition Reports (SARs) for the first quarter of FY 2019, as updated by the President's Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 budget submitted to



General Officer Announcement
General Officer Announcement

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced today that the president has made the following nomination:Air Force Lt. Gen. Anthony J. Cotton for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as deputy commander, Air Force Global Strike Command, Barksdale Air Force Base, Louisiana.  Cotton is currently serving as commander and president, Air University, Air

Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings
Navy to Commission Littoral Combat Ship Billings

The Navy will commission its newest Freedom-variant littoral combat ship (LCS), the future USS Billings (LCS 15), during a 10 a.m. ceremony Saturday, Aug. 3, in Key West, Florida.U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, ranking member of the Senate Committee on Veterans' Affairs, will deliver the commissioning ceremony's principal address. Tester's wife, Sharla, is the ship's sponsor. The



Statement From Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on Confirmation and Swearing In of Deputy Secretary of Defense Norquist
Statement From Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on Confirmation and Swearing In of Deputy Secretary of Defense Norquist

Statement From Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman on Confirmation and Swearing In of Deputy Secretary of Defense Norquist:Following a unanimous voice vote by the U.S. Senate, the President appointed Mr. David L. Norquist to be the 34th Deputy Secretary of Defense. Secretary Norquist has been sworn in and has the full authority and responsibility of the Deputy

DOD Identifies Army Casualties
DOD Identifies Army Casualties

The Department of Defense announced today the deaths of two soldiers who were supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.Both soldiers died July 29, 2019, in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan Province, Afghanistan, as a result of wounds sustained in a combat related incident. The incident is under investigation.The deceased are:Pfc. Brandon Jay Kreischer, 20, of Stryker, Ohio.Spc. Michael



DOD Identifies Navy Casualty
DOD Identifies Navy Casualty

The Department of Defense announced today the death of a sailor who was supporting Operation Freedom's Sentinel.Aviation Electronics Technician 2nd Class Slayton Saldana, 24, had been listed Duty Status Whereabouts Unknown (DUSTWUN) following a July 17 non-combat, man overboard incident while underway onboard USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) in the Arabian Sea. The incident is

Kristen J. Baldwin
Kristen J. Baldwin

Ms. Kristen J. Baldwin is the Deputy Director for Strategic Technology Protection and Exploitation within the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering.  She serves as the Department of Defense (DoD) lead for maintaining technology advantage by mitigating exploitation and vulnerabilities of critical missions, programs, technologies, and the



Research and Engineering Launches Two New Public Websites
Research and Engineering Launches Two New Public Websites

The Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Research and Engineering (R&E) launched two new websites to provide information on how two of its directorates support OUSD(R&E)’s mission to foster technological dominance across the Department of Defense and ensure the advantage of the American warfighter.The first web site, https://rt.cto.mil, for the Directorate of

Secretary Esper Travels to Hawaii, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Seoul
Secretary Esper Travels to Hawaii, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Seoul

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper embarks Friday, Aug 2 to visit Hawaii, Sydney, Auckland, Tokyo, Ulaanbaatar, and Seoul.In Sydney, Secretary Esper will attend the Australia – United States Ministerial Meeting (AUSMIN) where he will join U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in meeting with their Australian counterparts.Throughout his trip, Secretary Esper will meet with



Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting with Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Mohamad Zaki
Readout of Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper's Meeting with Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Mohamad Zaki

Chief Pentagon Spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman provided the following readout:Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper met with Egyptian Defense Minister Gen. Mohamad Zaki today at the Pentagon to reaffirm the defense relationship between the United States and Egypt.The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including counterterrorism, border and maritime security,

Remarks by Secretary Esper at an Event in Honor of Egyptian Minister of Defense General Zaki
Remarks by Secretary Esper at an Event in Honor of Egyptian Minister of Defense General Zaki

SECRETARY OF DEFENSE DR. MARK T. ESPER:  General Zaki, welcome to the Pentagon.  It is a pleasure to have you and your team with us here today.As you mentioned, you are the first counterpart I have hosted since I was appointed as secretary of defense, which is very fitting, given the longstanding ties between our two militaries.The United States' and Egypt's strategic



General Officer Announcement
General Officer Announcement

Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper announced today that the president has made the following nomination:Air Force Maj. Gen. Glen D. VanHerck for appointment to the rank of lieutenant general, and assignment as director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of Columbia.  VanHerck is currently serving as vice director, Joint Staff, Pentagon, Washington, District of

Pentagon to Conduct Emergency Response Exercise
Pentagon to Conduct Emergency Response Exercise

The Pentagon Force Protection Agency (PFPA) and allied partner agencies will conduct a joint, full-scale emergency response exercise, Agile Warrior, Sat., July 27, 2019, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on the Pentagon Reservation.Agile Warrior is designed to evaluate response and recovery plans, training, and interagency coordination in the event of an all-hazards emergency