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Transparent & Apolitical: SecDef Esper’s Pledge

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


In a media-wary administration, the big news from Defense Secretary Mark Esper’s formal press briefing was that he actually held one, and pledged to keep doing so.

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Who Takes Esper’s SecArmy Seat: McCarthy Or Jette?

Posted by Paul McLeary on


As the three most powerful civilians in the Army Department, Esper, McCarthy, and Jette have formed by all accounts a tight-knit and effective team. That’s particularly remarkable because they’ve had abundant opportunities for conflict as they turned the Army bureaucracy upside down.

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After Mattis: Strategic Challenge & Opportunity For President Trump

Posted by Robbin Laird on


Whatever you think of Jim Mattis, his resignation and the outflow of officials that will follow create a major foreign policy problem for the United States. There is not one ally who is applauding Mattis’s departure — but depart he will, all the same. So what must President Trump and his next defense secretary do,… Keep reading →

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The Secretary Of Reassurance Has Resigned: Farewell To Mattis

Posted by Paul McLeary on


WASHINGTON: After two years of reassuring US allies that Donald Trump’s America would not abandon them, Jim Mattis finally had enough. Even before Trump was sworn in as president, the announcement that he would pick Mattis as his Secretary of Defense was met with delighted relief “from the right, from the left, and from overseas.”… Keep reading →

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Trump’s Generals: A Breaking Defense eBook

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


Mike Flynn: You’re fired! H.R. McMaster, Jim Mattis, John Kelly: You’re hired!

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Everybody Loves ‘Mad Dog’: Mattis Pick Reassures Allies

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SIMI VALLEY, CALIF.: You might not think a man nicknamed “Mad Dog” would put America’s allies at ease. But that’s the buzz here at the Reagan Library’s annual defense conference, where Donald Trump‘s choice of Gen. James Mattis to run the Pentagon met with enthusiastic praise from the right, from the left, and from overseas.… Keep reading →

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Leon Panetta Officially Bids Farewell

Posted by Sydney J. Freedberg Jr. on


SecDef Leon Panetta’s official farewell to Defense Department on eve of newly confirmed Chuck Hagel’s swearing-in: http://1.usa.gov/Yyw0GX @SydneyFreedberg

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Hagel Nomination: Senate Armed Services Committee Will Vote Tuesday

Posted by Colin Clark on


Chuck #Hagelnomination will come to vote tomorrow @ 2:30pm. Sen. Carl Levin, #SASC chairman, intends to hold vote right after. @colinclarkaol

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