Trump to nominate Mark Esper to be next defense secretary

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks to soldiers and family members in Ft. Bragg North Carolina

Secretary of the Army Mark Esper speaks to soldiers and family members in Ft. Bragg North Carolina

Along with the announcement of Esper's nomination, the White House said it will appoint Pentagon comptroller David Norquist to become deputy Defense secretary. He replaces Patrick Shanahan, who also led the military in an acting capacity but this week withdrew his name from consideration for defense secretary after facing questions over his past personal life and an allegation of domestic violence.

Shanahan, who took over for former Defense Secretary James Mattis in January, left the position on Friday.

President Donald Trump says he will nominate Mark Esper to be the next United States defense secretary.

"By law, because there is now a sitting secretary of the Army, [McCarthy] can only use the title, "performing duties as" and not acting secretary of the Army", said an official who spoke to Stars and Stripes on the condition of anonymity. Esper is expected to receive the formal nomination to become permanent defense secretary from Trump, but it was not clear when that might occur.

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Esper was named Shanahan's successor as Acting Defense Secretary on Tuesday.

Two defense officials confirmed that McCarthy will fill the role for now, but President Donald Trump has reportedly not decided whether to formally nominate him to the post permanently. Their focus has largely centered on developing long-range artillery capabilities, a next generation combat vehicle, new helicopter programs, and better cyber and communications networks. He also has experience as a national security adviser on Capitol Hill as well as a defense industry lobbyist.

He most recently served as Lockheed's vice president of sustainment for the F-35 Lightning II fighter jet program.

Trump, who said on Friday he aborted a planned military strike on Iran to retaliate for Tehran's downing of an unmanned USA drone, has not had a permanent defense secretary for six months.

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