U.S. Senator Ben Sasse issued the following statement after the Senate confirmed Dr. Mark Esper to be the Secretary of Defense. 

“Secretary Esper is a sharp thinker and proven leader. Going back to his days as an infantry officer fighting Saddam Hussein’s army on the battlefield, Mark has earned a reputation for taking the fight to the enemy. For this present moment, he understands that China and Russia are waging active cyber campaigns against us, and he knows that the Department of Defense needs to up its cyber game. He’s got his work cut out for him.”