Mark Esper

Michael Kratsios, Donald Trump
President Donald Trump, joined by Michael Kratsios, signs a presidential memo for continued testing of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS)-drones, at his Oval Office desk Oct. 25, 2017. (White House / Shealah Craighead)

U.S. CTO Kratsios gets second job as Pentagon CTO

He oversaw the launch of the American AI Initiative, National Quantum Coordination Office and COVID-19 High Performance Computing Consortium.
National Defense University (NDU) faculty
National Defense University (NDU) faculty walk out of Roosevelt Hall for the graduation ceremony at Fort McNair on June 7, 2018. (DOD / Army Sgt. James K. McCann)

Senators urge against shuttering of Pentagon’s cyber college

"We fear that such an action sends the wrong message to our warfighters and to our adversaries," the senators wrote in a letter to DOD leadership.
Defense Secretary Mark T. Esper and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Mark A. Milley hold a joint press conference at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., Jan. 30, 2020. (DoD Photo by Army Staff Sgt. Edwin J. Pierce)

Pentagon leaders push for emerging technology R&D increase in 2021

Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and Gen. Mark Milley continue to push for more R&D funding for AI and other emerging technologies from Congress.
Defense Secretary Dr. Mark T. Esper provides the keynote address on “Maintaining the U.S. National Security Innovation Base” at the Center for Strategic and International Studies’ Global Security Forum in Washington, Jan. 24, 2020.

Esper denies White House pressured him on JEDI

Defense Secretary Mark Esper told reporters during a press conference at the Munich Security Conference in Germany that he "never felt pressure from the White House" to…