Lexington Institute’s Loren Thompson comments on the nomination of Mark Esper for Secretary of Defense, and the vote ahead in the Senate to confirm him in Ben Wolfgang’s article for The Washington Times. “Nobody’s smoother,” said Thompson. “The difference between Shanahan and Esper is that Esper has a long track record of public service and Washington interactions before he was proposed for the Pentagon job.” He also noted Esper’s “resume makes it seem like he’s been planning to be secretary of defense since he was a teenager.”
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