Donald Trump picks army veteran Mark Esper as defence secretary; US President tweets, says he'll do a 'fantastic job'
President Donald Trump picks army veteran Mark Esper for new Defense Secretary, who is currently serving as the Army Secretary. Esper spent more than a decade in the Army, including serving in the Persian Gulf War in 1990 and 1991 with the 101st Airborne Division. The move came after acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew from the job before his formal nomination ever went to the Senate.
The Senate on Thursday confirmed President Barack Obama's choice to run the Pentagon, handing Ashton Carter the unenviable task of steering the military as the United States confronts Islamic State militants, conflict in Ukraine and other worldwide threats.
Hoping that the Senate will confirm Carter quickly so he can get to work without delay, Hoyer said Carter is an excellent choice to serve the next Secretary of Defence.
For the job, Obama is turning to a seasoned Pentagon operative who rose up the short list when others took themselves out of contention.
Former Pentagon official Ashton Carter is likely to be President Barack Obama's nominee for defense secretary, according to administration officials, putting him in line to take over a sprawling department that has had an uneasy relationship with the White House.
Flournoy heads a short list of candidates to direct the war against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, and help Afghanistan fight the Taliban insurgency.
Under pressure from President Barack Obama, US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel submitted his resignation Monday amid White House concerns about his effectiveness and broader criticism from outside about the administration's Middle East crisis management.
Ordering firm restrictions for US troops returning from West Africa, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said that soldiers women helping to fight Ebola must undergo 21-day quarantines.
The Pentagon has approved two previously-stalled technology transfer licenses to India.
National Security Advisor Ajit Doval has met US Defence Secretary Chuck Hagel and discussed a range of issues, including the strategic Indo-US partnership.
China warned other countries not to meddle in Hong Kong, which is witnessing pro-democracy protests.
The US has been pushing defence deals with India worth over Rs 20,000 crore, including the sale of Apache attack choppers, Chinook heavylift helicopters and the Javelin anti-tank guided missiles.
A large number of Indian-Americans were present to welcome the prime minister who was accompanied by External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj when he arrived at the Indian Embassy to pay tribute to the Gandhi statue in front of the mission.
The maiden US visit of Narendra Modi as India's Prime Minister is a "big milestone" for both the countries, a top Pentagon official has said exuding optimism over the growing bilateral ties.
While the format and details of the maiden Obama-Modi meeting has not been announced yet, the two leaders are now scheduled to meet on September 29-30
Hagel’s averments during his New Delhi trip show that he has moved on and seems to have realized the importance of India. But the proof of the pudding is in eating.
The United States and India must seize opportunities to collaborate more on defence development and not let government red tape hamper growth, said Hagel.
Voicing concern over the deteriorating situation in Iraq, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said he looked forward to his Summit meeting with President Barack Obama to discuss how India and the US can build a partnership for peace, stability and prosperity in the world.