National Press Club

Acting Secretary of Defense Mark Esper to speak on status of Army in 21st century, Monday, June 24

June 18, 2019 | By Lori Russo | lrusso@stantoncomm.com

Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper will speak at a June 24 National Press Club Headliners luncheon.

Acting Defense Secretary Mark Esper will speak at a June 24 National Press Club Headliners luncheon.

Acting Secretary of Defense Mark T. Esper will address a National Press Club Headliners luncheon on Monday, June 24, on the current state of the Army and how it is adapting to the challenges of the 21st Century.

Esper has previously served as Secretary of the Army. On Tuesday, President Trump named Esper acting Secretary of Defense after Patrick Shanahan withdrew as the nominee for the permanent Pentagon post.

Lunch will be served in the Holeman Lounge at 12:30 p.m., with remarks beginning at 1 p.m., followed by a question and answer session ending at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $25 for Club members (members may purchase two tickets at this rate), $39 for all others and can be purchased online.

Esper was confirmed by the U.S. Senate and sworn in as the 23rd secretary of the Army on November 20, 2017. Prior to his confirmation, he worked for nearly a decade as vice president of government relations for Raytheon.

Previously, Esper served as the deputy assistant secretary of defense under former President George W. Bush, and has held numerous senior staffing positions on Capitol Hill, including serving as national security advisor for then-Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, and as legislative director and senior policy advisor to Senator Chuck Hagel. Esper was also chief of staff of the Heritage Foundation, a conservative think tank, and taught at Missouri State University’s Department of Defense and Strategic Studies program in Fairfax, Virginia.

Club members who have a paid reservation to the luncheon and wish to attend the pre-luncheon reception must send their RSVP via email to VIPreception@press.org at least 48 hours before the date of the Luncheon. Space may be limited.