New Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper on Monday sent to a memorandum to all Pentagon employees, laying out the Defense Department's "path forward."
In the memo, titled "Initial Message to the Department," Esper wrote, "As we continue to advance the nation's security, let me reaffirm our path forward.
Esper was named Trump last Tuesday after Patrick Shanahan retired from his nomination.
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Esper, 56, has served as the 23rd Secretary of the United States Army since Nov. 1
Esper said Monday the department's priorities would remain "unchanged and everything the department did" should support its stated objectives. "
" We used to mutually reinforce lines of effort ". They included building "a more lethal force, as well as reforming the department for greater performance and affordability."
In his memo, Esper explained that building a more lethal force would be the " Surest way to deter adversary aggression "and included fully preparing for war. He wrote that it's important to "continue to build readiness to fight" while "modernizing key capabilities for future conflict."
Esper explained that U.S. allies and partners "
TRUMP PUTS ARMY SECRETARY He received his commission in the infantry and completed Ranger and Pathfinder training.
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