United States Secretary of Defense

Sec. of Defense Mark Esper says he opposes deploying active-duty military troops to subdue protests. President Donald Trump has repeatedly suggested invoking the Insurrection Act to do so.
Ukraine’s president says he will meet Sunday in Kyiv with the U.S. secretary of state and secretary of defense.
"It's pretty much definitive" that the storming of the Capitol would not have happened without Trump's speech, Christopher Miller said in a Vice interview.
Lloyd Austin, in his first directive since taking office, moved on his pledge to immediately address sexual misconduct in the ranks.
President Biden made history by nominating Austin. But picking a retired general also threatens the bedrock democratic principle of civilian control of the military.
William Cohen, who worked as secretary of defense under President Bill Clinton, described fellow Republicans eager to please Trump as "diabolical."
Retired Gen. Lloyd Austin, a member of Raytheon’s board of directors, has only been out of active military service for four years.
The likely Pentagon chief led U.S. Central Command and would be the latest person of color to join the president-elect's Cabinet, according to reports.
When "even your own current Secretary of Defense Mark Esper breaks with you, that’s not a good week," the Fox News host said on "The View."