Sen. Burr Votes to Confirm Mark Esper as Secretary of Defense

Today, Senator Richard Burr (R-NC), Chairman of the Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement on the confirmation of Dr. Mark Esper to serve as Secretary for the Department of Defense:

“It has never been more important that we have a strong, proven leader at the helm of the Department of Defense,” said Senator Burr. “We must continue to modernize our military and leverage new technological advancements to remain agile against our nation’s adversaries. Dr. Esper is extremely well-qualified to fill this role, and has demonstrated the temperament, intellect, and record of service it requires. I have worked with Dr. Esper on Army issues in North Carolina, including our recent effort to secure $96.6 million for Ft. Bragg.  I was glad to support Dr. Esper today, and I look forward to his continued service to our great nation.”


Dr. Esper was nominated to be the next Secretary of Defense by President Trump on July 15, 2019. He previously served as the Secretary of the Army, beginning in November 2017. 

He has a wide range of experience in the private sector, public sector, and the military. He previously served as the Senate-appointed commissioner on the U.S.-China Economic and Security Review Commission before becoming the Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President of Defense and International Affairs at the Aerospace Industries Association. Esper also served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Negotiations Policy at the Pentagon for President George W. Bush.

Esper has a combined 21 years of service in the military, including serving in the Gulf War as a member of the 101st Airborne “Screaming Eagles."  Among his many military awards and decorations, Esper is the recipient of the Department of Defense Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Legion of Merit, and Bronze Star Medal.