Mon, Jun 24, 2019

What to expect from Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper

Esper’s tenure as secretary of the army demonstrates a prioritization of great-power competition over other threats, and we should expect this trend to continue in his new role.

New Atlanticist by Christian Trotti

Defense Industry Defense Policy

Please join the Atlantic Council for a public conversation on “The future of the Army in great-power competition” with Dr. Mark T. Esper, Secretary of the United States Army, as part of the Council’s Commanders Series. The event will take place on Friday, May 17, 2019 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Atlantic Council’s Headquarters (1030 15th St NW, 12th Floor, West Tower Elevators, Washington, DC 20005).

The US National Security Strategy and National Defense Strategy make clear that the United States is facing renewed and long-term great-power competition. The United States’ military is now confronted by technologically sophisticated adversaries intent on undermining the US-led global order. Russia’s military buildup and grey-zone activities threaten European security and prosperity, while China’s growing political, economic, technological, and military assertiveness challenge the United States and its partners in Asia and beyond. Consequently, each of the US armed services must modernize its forces in order to provide the necessary capabilities to deter and, if necessary, defeat near-peer adversaries. The United States Army is working to define its role in this renewed era of great-power competition.

As 23rd Secretary of the Army, Dr. Esper is responsible for the recruitment, organization, training, equipping, and care of 1.4 million active duty, National Guard, Reserve Soldiers, Department of the Army Civilians, and their families. Drawing on three decades of experience in the Army, the Department of Defense, Capitol Hill, and the private sector, Dr. Esper will join us to discuss how the Army will adapt to the era of great-power competition. In this conversation moderated by Defense & Aerospace Report’s Vago Muradian, Dr. Esper will focus on Army modernization priorities and the implementation of Multi-Domain Operations.

The Commanders Series is the Atlantic Council’s flagship speakers’ forum for senior military and defense leaders. The series provides a platform to discuss current strategic issues with an impressive audience drawn from across Washington’s policy community, including think tanks, media, industry, embassies, and the US government. In the last year, we have hosted General Joseph F. Dunford, Jr., General John E. Hyten, Admiral John M. Richardson, and Admiral James G. Foggo, III.

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This event is open to press and on the record.

This event is part of the Atlantic Council’s Commanders Series, generously supported by Saab North America.

The Future of the Army in Great-Power Competition

A Conversation with:

Dr. Mark T. Esper

Secretary of the Army

Department of the Army

Moderated by:

Vago Muradian

Founder & Editor

Defense & Aerospace Report