Mark Esper Pacific News Minute: U.S. Secretaries of State, Defense On Pacific Tours By Neal Conan • Aug 7, 2019 Staff Sgt. B. Nicole Mejia / U.S. Army Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Defense Mark Esper are both visiting American allies in the Pacific. For Esper, it’s his first foreign trip since being confirmed as Secretary of Defense. A Perilous Time To Have Temps Running The Pentagon By Associated Press • Jun 21, 2019 Chuck Burton, AP WASHINGTON — It's a perilous time to have temps running the Pentagon.