Mark Esper

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BornApril 26 1964
Alma materWest Point, Harvard/John F. Kennedy School of Government, George Washington University
Member ofOperation Warp Speed, Raytheon, The Heritage Foundation
military-industrial complex lobbyist and defense minister

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In office
July 23 2019 - November 9 2020

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In office
November 20 2017 - July 23 2019

Mark Thomas Esper was the United States secretary of defense under President Donald Trump from 2019 to 2020, and a former U.S. Army officer and miltary industry lobbyist before his appointment.


As Defence Minister, Esper, a former Raytheon lobbyist[1], has pushed for more military spending[2] to face Russia and China, an increased military presence in the Pacific[3], and has promoted a plan to add hundreds of ships to the fleet of the US Navy[4].