The Defense Sec has been on the job for a year….
He was the Army Sec before ….
And he’s been pulled from two different directions….
His boss…The President….
And his trips led by their bosses, the General’s in the Pentagon….
It’s been tough….
Esper has moved to support his General’s and their culture against a boss who would like him and the troops to be ‘his’ , not the countries and does NOT think in strategic national security terms…..
On Thursday, Mark Esper will have served exactly one year as secretary of defense but the last few months have been the toughest of his tenure as tensions with the White House have spilled out in public.
Esper does have support from lawmakers of both parties in his efforts to throttle some of ‘seat of the pants’ Trump orders for the military…
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