Archiv: Mark Esper


30.11.2019 - 15:48 [ Washington Post ]

Pentagon moves forward with Saudi defense mission

(27.11.2019)

The Pentagon’s deployment of new radar, air defense and other military assets to the Gulf nation was discussed during talks Gen. Mark Milley, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, held with Saudi officials this week.

Milley, in his first visit to this key U.S. ally since becoming President Trump’s chief military adviser this fall, met with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman and other leaders during his visit.

30.11.2019 - 15:30 [ Middle East Monitor ]

US worried Israel may attack Iran to save Netanyahu

(27.11.2019)

According to Harel, Israel is afraid that the US will desert the Iran issue while America is worried Israel may carry out a unilateral attack against Tehran, forcing Washington into a war.

Harel warned that it is impossible to separate the internal Israeli chaos from the Iran issue; in particular with regards to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s indictment and his failure to form a government.

28.11.2019 - 21:48 [ Washington Post ]

Richard Spencer: I was fired as Navy secretary. Here’s what I’ve learned because of it.

President Trump involved himself in the case almost from the start. Before the trial began, in March, I received two calls from the president asking me to lift Gallagher’s confinement in a Navy brig; I pushed back twice, because the presiding judge, acting on information about the accused’s conduct, had decided that confinement was important. Eventually, the president ordered me to have him transferred to the equivalent of an enlisted barracks. I came to believe that Trump’s interest in the case stemmed partly from the way the defendant’s lawyers and others had worked to keep it front and center in the media.

26.11.2019 - 17:00 [ CNN ]

White House was briefly on lockdown after aircraft entered restricted airspace

Two US Capitol Police sources said the situation is being classified as an „aircon,“ which is an as yet unidentified incoming aircraft.

25.11.2019 - 18:57 [ ORF.at ]

Navy-SEALs-Affäre: US-Marine-Chef im Streit gefeuert

Der Marinestaatssekretär kam der Rücktrittsaufforderung wenig später nach. In einem im US-Medien veröffentlichten Brief begründete er seinen Rückzug damit, dass er und Trump nicht mehr dasselbe Verständnis von Ordnung und Disziplin hätten und er nicht guten Gewissens einem Befehl folgen könne, der den „heiligen Eid“ zum Schutz der Verfassung der USA verletze.

25.11.2019 - 18:51 [ LA Times ]

Defense secretary says Trump ordered him to allow SEAL to keep status

Defense Secretary Mark Esper said Monday that President Trump gave him a direct order to allow a Navy SEAL accused of war crimes to retire without losing his SEAL status.

Esper told reporters at the Pentagon that Trump’s verbal order was the reason Esper announced Sunday that Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher would be allowed to retire with his trident pin, retaining his status as a SEAL.

25.11.2019 - 18:47 [ theHill.com ]

Defense secretary fires Navy chief over SEAL war crimes case

Defense Secretary Mark Esper on Sunday asked for the resignation of Navy Secretary Richard Spencer over his handling of a controversial war crimes case.

Esper told The Washington Post in a statement Sunday that he was „deeply troubled“ by reports that Spencer had reached out to White House officials promising that an accused Navy SEAL would be allowed to retire as a SEAL despite his conviction for posing with the corpse of a slain enemy combatant.

18.11.2019 - 21:37 [ KBS.co.kr ]

Südkorea und USA beschließen Verschiebung von Luftwaffenmanöver

Ein Beamter des südkoreanischen Verteidigungsministeriums teilte am Sonntag mit, dass die Entscheidung in einem Gespräch der Verteidigungsminister Jeong Kyeong-doo und Mark Esper in der thailändischen Hauptstadt Bangkok gefallen sei. Dort findet zurzeit das sechste Verteidigungsministertreffen der ASEAN-plus-Drei statt.

18.11.2019 - 01:18 [ Voice of America ]

US, South Korea Postpone Joint Military Drills as ‚Act of Goodwill‘ Toward North Korea

The U.S. and South Korea have been conducting annual military exercises since 1955, months after the end of the Korean War, in order to maintain their combat abilities to defend against North Korea. There are about 28,500 American troops currently stationed in South Korea.

23.10.2019 - 17:18 [ Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper / Twitter ]

I had a very productive meeting this evening with HRH Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman. We discussed many bilateral issues. Most importantly I wanted to reinforce the U.S. commitment to helping #SaudiArabia defend itself in a time of destabilizing Iranian activity.

21.10.2019 - 06:01 [ Haaretz ]

U.S. Defense Chief in Afghanistan for Firsthand Look at War

The U.S. has about 14,000 American troops in Afghanistan as part of the American-led coalition. U.S. forces are training and advising Afghan forces and conducting counterterrorism operations against extremists. President Donald Trump had ordered a troop withdrawal in conjunction with the peace talks that would have left about 8,600 American forces in the country.

15.10.2019 - 12:22 [ Brett McGurk, Former Presidential Envoy. Served under Bush, Obama, Trump / Twitter ]

Indeed, US officials signed the SDF up to a “security mechanism” plan by which it removed all defensive barriers on the Syrian side of the border to forestall a Turkish incursion. EUCOM issued this just yesterday. Was Trump ever even briefed on this plan?

(06.10.2019)

15.10.2019 - 03:59 [ The Hill ]

Pentagon announces official withdrawal of US troops from Syria

Trump has not backed down from his pledge to remove U.S. forces from the country and instead has said he will soon implement sanctions that will target government officials in Ankara and “any persons contributing to Turkey’s destabilizing actions in northeast Syria.”

14.10.2019 - 07:26 [ theHill.com ]

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 [ theHill.com ]

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.

(23.09.2019)

28.09.2019 - 11:28 [ Stripes.com ]

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

(24.09.2019)

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 [ Tagesschau.de ]

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 [ theGuardian.com ]

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 [ KBS.co.kr ]

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 [ KBS.co.kr ]

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 - 02:39 [ Reuters ]

Incoming Pentagon chief will attend NATO meeting in Brussels next week

U.S. Army Secretary Mark Esper, who becomes the acting defense secretary on Monday, will travel to Brussels next week for a meeting of NATO defense ministers, the Pentagon said on Wednesday.

20.06.2019 - 02:03 [ Jason Ditz / antikrieg.com ]

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.