Senate Confirms Esper To Lead DOD

Law360 (July 23, 2019, 9:32 PM EDT) -- The U.S. Senate easily confirmed Mark Esper as defense secretary on Tuesday in a 90-8 vote, filling the longest-ever leadership void at the top of the Pentagon.

Esper, previously the Army secretary, will lead the U.S. Department of Defense in addressing challenges such as military modernization and potential threats from rivals including China and Iran. 

Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., said in a statement that Esper has had a long career as a soldier and a public servant while demonstrating “integrity, leadership and good judgement.” 

“Now, with Dr. Esper’s official appointment, the department will have a clear, capable...

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