Archiv: Mark Esper

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Esper: Turkey ‚appears to be‘ committing war crimes in northern Syria

“Turkey committed this action. They decide to make an incursion in northern Syria despite our protestations, our urgings not to do it, all of our warnings,” Esper added. “We are doing what’s in the interests of our service members not to put them in harm’s way.”

13.10.2019 - 19:59 [ BBC ]

Turkey-Syria offensive: US ‚to evacuate 1,000 troops‘ as Turkey advances

According to Mr Esper, the SDF are „looking to cut a deal“ with the Syrian government and its Russian allies to counter the Turkish attack.

This, he said, would leave the US forces stuck between „two opposing advancing armies“.

He said he was unable to give a timeframe for the withdrawal and did not specify where the troops would be moved to next.

13.10.2019 - 18:45 [ CNN ]

Defense secretary says Trump ordered near total withdrawal of troops from northern Syria

„I spoke with the President last night, after discussions with the rest of the national security team, and he directed that we begin a deliberate withdrawal of forces from northern Syria,“ Esper said on CBS‘ „Face the Nation.“ „Which is where most of our forces are.“

12.10.2019 - 10:04 [ Pentagon ]

DOD Statement on Deployment of Additional U.S. Forces and Equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia

At the request of U.S. Central Command, Secretary of Defense Mark Esper authorized the deployment of additional U.S. forces and the following equipment to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia:

12.10.2019 - 10:02 [ ]

US to deploy additional troops, aircraft, missile systems to Saudi Arabia

Defense Secretary Mark Esper had authorized the deployment last month at the request of U.S. Central Command and informed Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and the country’s defense minister of the action earlier Friday.

02.10.2019 - 23:17 [ U.S. Indo-Pacific Command ]

Army Gen. Mark A. Milley Takes Oath as 20th Chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff

President Donald J. Trump, Vice President Mike Pence, Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper and other officials watched as Marine Corps Gen. Joe Dunford swore in his successor.

28.09.2019 - 11:30 [ Verteidigungsministerium ‏/ Twitter ]

Verbündete und Partner – Verteidigungsministerin Kramp-Karrenbauer @akk trifft ihren US-Amtskollegen @EsperDoD im Pentagon in #Washington. Themen u.a. Afghanistan, NATO/EU-Zusammenarbeit und die Lage am Golf.


28.09.2019 - 11:28 [ ]

In talks with new German defense chief, Esper repeats US demand that Berlin boost military spending


STUTTGART, Germany — When the new U.S. and German defense chiefs held high-level talks in Washington this week, Defense Secretary Mark Esper wasted no time getting to his main point — the dollars and cents of defense spending.

08.09.2019 - 19:44 [ Haaretz ]

Trump-Rohani Summit Is a Done Deal, Israeli Defense Officials Believe

A meeting between the U.S. and Iranian presidents is just about a done deal. That is the growing conclusion in Israel’s security establishment after Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s meeting with U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Asper in London Thursday. As always, one caveat must be added: This summit will happen unless the less predictable member of the pair, Donald Trump, changes his mind at the last minute.

05.09.2019 - 01:31 [ Herald-Tribune ]

Pentagon chief says talks ’still ongoing‘ to end Afghan war

Esper said he planned to update NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg on the Afghanistan situation at dinner Wednesday in Stuttgart, Germany.

Later in the week Esper is meeting with counterparts in London and Paris.

07.08.2019 - 17:58 [ Japan Times ]

Pentagon chief Mark Esper urges Japan to help protect shipping in Persian Gulf

“Any and every country that has an interest in freedom of navigation and freedom of commerce needs to really consider (being) involved in this type of monitoring of the strait,” he told reporters Tuesday, while en route to Tokyo for talks with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and Defense Minister Takeshi Iwaya.

03.08.2019 - 18:27 [ SBS News ]

Mike Pompeo arrives in Australia for bilateral talks

Mr Pompeo and newly appointed US Defense Secretary Mark Esper were greeted by US Ambassador to Australia Arthur Culvahouse and US Consul General in Sydney Sharon Hudson-Dean at Sydney Airport on Saturday evening.

03.08.2019 - 16:55 [ ]

Nach Ende des INF-Vertrags: USA wollen Raketen in Asien stationieren

Allerdings dauere es oft länger als man erwarte. Esper ließ offen, wo genau die Raketen stationiert werden sollen. Über „derartige Dinge spricht man zuerst mit den Verbündeten“, so der Minister.

Eine Stationierung von Raketen größerer Reichweite könnte die chinesische Regierung verärgern. Esper geht aber nicht davon aus, dass Peking davon überrascht werde.

02.08.2019 - 17:56 [ ]

Pentagon testing mass surveillance balloons across the US

The FCC documents show that Southcom’s balloons are carrying small, satellite-like vehicles housing sophisticated sensors and communication gear. One of those sensors is a synthetic aperture radar intended to detect every car or boat in motion on a 25-mile swath beneath the balloon.

The balloons also have advanced mesh networking technologies that allow them to communicate with one another, share data and pass it to receivers on the ground below.

25.07.2019 - 14:33 [ ]

US-Verteidigungsminister will mit Südkorea und Japan über Luftraumverletzung durch Russland sprechen

Einen Tag nach seiner Ernennung sagte der Pentagon-Chef am Mittwoch vor Reportern, es sei nicht neu, dass Russen Routen in Richtung Süden fliegen würden. Neu sei aber, dass sie südkoreanischen Luftraum durchflogen.

Esper sagte aber auch, dass er den Vorfall noch nicht im Detail studiert habe und dies in persönlichen Gesprächen in Tokio und Seoul tun wolle.

13.07.2019 - 02:34 [ U.S. Department of Defense ]

Readout of Acting Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper’s Meeting With Maj. Gen. Bahkodir Kurbanov, Minister of Defense for the Republic of Uzbekistan

The leaders discussed a broad range of defense issues, including regional security concerns, defense modernization, and the continued access Uzbekistan provides in support to our military operations in Afghanistan.

12.07.2019 - 08:39 [ Yonhap ]

S. Korea dismisses UNC’s alleged push to include Japan as official member

According to sources, the UNC is seeking to include Japan as one of the UNC’s „sending states,“ a move likely to inflame public sentiment in South Korea amid renewed historical tensions with Tokyo.

Should Japan obtain the membership, it would pave the way for its military involvement in the event of an armed conflict on the Korean peninsula — a scenario unthinkable for many Koreans who harbor grievances stemming from Japan’s 1910-45 colonial rule.

12.07.2019 - 08:09 [ ]

UN-Kommando soll Deutschland ohne vorherige Absprache mit Südkorea um Entsendung von Verbindungsoffizier gebeten haben

Der Sprecher sagte weiter, als betroffene Partei habe Seoul dringend appelliert, eine solche Maßnahme ohne vorherige Diskussionen oder seine Zustimmung nicht akzeptieren zu können. Es sei bekannt geworden, dass Deutschland Südkoreas Einwand akzeptiert und seinen Plan für die Entsendung eines Offiziers zurückgezogen habe.

20.06.2019 - 02:03 [ Jason Ditz / ]

Boeing Out, Raytheon In: Shanahan beendet seine Tätigkeit als Verteidigungsminister

Es gibt keinen Grund zu der Annahme, dass der Übergang von Shanahan zu Esper ein Zeichen dafür sein wird, dass wichtige Änderungen in der US-Politik stattfinden werden, obwohl es wahrscheinlich mehr Umsatzwachstum für Raytheon bedeuten wird, nachdem der Mann, der erst vor kurzem für die Genehmigung dieser Verkäufe durch das Pentagon verantwortlich war, nun die Show leiten wird.