Pentagon Chief’s Confirmation Hearing Avoids Any Questions About Wars

Hearing focuses on Esper's past as a lobbyist for Raytheon

As the nominee for Secretary of Defense, Mark Esper is set to inherit just a whole slew of US wars around the world. His long hearing at the Senate Armed Services Committee, however, didn’t spend a lot of time talking about wars.

Or indeed any time. Esper was faced with questions about his history as a lobbyist for a major arms maker, and how that was going to fit in to his potential new job. He was asked exactly zero questions about ongoing wars.

Esper assured Senators that he sees “the big picture,” and his focus was heavily on the need for the Senate to spend vastly more on weaponry for the US military, which would be his job as Defense Secretary, and largely just a scaled up version of his lobbying past.

Esper expressed support for talks with Iran, while arguing for more military spending to prepare for potential conflicts with Russia and China. As far as current wars, those are questions that have been left unasked, and unanswered.

Author: Jason Ditz

Jason Ditz is news editor of