Esper brings China focus as Defense secretary

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Read: 649     17:15     19 September 2019    

Like every new Defense secretary, Mark T. Esper says he wants to make the Pentagon more efficient. He will get some results, but not many and not quickly, experts say.


Esper, now a few months into the job, wants to save money to spend it on preparing for war against China, and to a lesser extent Russia.

And he will find some relatively modest savings in the next few months, probably by shrinking overhead offices in the Pentagon. Yet experts are skeptical that he will propose bold, big-money changes by the end of President Donald Trump's first term. And to whatever degree Esper tries any big moves, the White House or Congress will probably find a way to kill them as elections loom, analysts say.

Still, even if Esper fails to overhaul much in the next year, the Pentagon is in for dramatic changes in the next decade, some say. Contesting China, in particular, will not come cheap.



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Esper brings China focus as Defense secretary

2019/08/ef93ffde-922a-11e9-a6c8-8445313d8ede_image_hires_140443-1566478252.jpg
Read: 650     17:15     19 September 2019    

Like every new Defense secretary, Mark T. Esper says he wants to make the Pentagon more efficient. He will get some results, but not many and not quickly, experts say.


Esper, now a few months into the job, wants to save money to spend it on preparing for war against China, and to a lesser extent Russia.

And he will find some relatively modest savings in the next few months, probably by shrinking overhead offices in the Pentagon. Yet experts are skeptical that he will propose bold, big-money changes by the end of President Donald Trump's first term. And to whatever degree Esper tries any big moves, the White House or Congress will probably find a way to kill them as elections loom, analysts say.

Still, even if Esper fails to overhaul much in the next year, the Pentagon is in for dramatic changes in the next decade, some say. Contesting China, in particular, will not come cheap.



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