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Mark Esper seen as on the fast track to secretary of defense position

Jul 17, 2019 - The Washington Times

Mark T. Esper appeared to take a big step closer to becoming President Trump's next secretary of defense at a Senate Armed Services Committee confirmation hearing Tuesday in which he fielded questions on Iran, emerging threats from China and Russia, and his own past as a top executive for defense contractor Raytheon.

In a hearing that featured few sharp exchanges, Mr. Esper acknowledged that Turkey's decision to purchase a Russian-made missile defense system was putting a strain on ties wi...