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U.S. Department of Defense
US warns Turkey against incursion into Syria
August 6, 2019
U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper: Any unilateral action against Syria by Turkey is “unacceptable” and would be stopped.
Britain joins US to secure passage in Gulf following tanker seizures by Iran
August 5, 2019
A fifth of the world’s oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz.
New Pentagon leader Esper faces steadily rising tensions with Iran
July 23, 2019
U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper “understands the strategic relationship with Israel, and that the alternative is no alternative,” said former Pentagon official Michael Rubin.
New Acting US Secretary of Defense to appeal to NATO allies to combat Iran threat
June 27, 2019
“The department’s mission remains clear: to deter conflict and, if necessary, fight and win on the battlefield,” said new Acting U.S. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper.
New Pentagon boss faced with increased friction and tough talk coming out of Tehran
May 29, 2019
One of the biggest challenges Patrick Shanahan will likely continue to face is the shift in the Trump administration’s focus from non-state actors, such as terrorist groups, to threats from China, Russia, North Korea and Iran.