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Raytheon names Mark T. Esper vice president of government relations

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Staff writer | Waltham, Mass., USA | July 16, 2010
Mark T. EsperJuly 16, 2010, Waltham, Mass., USA - Raytheon Company, a technology company, announced that it has appointed Dr. Mark T. Esper to the position of vice president, government relations.
Prior to Raytheon, Mr. Esper was the executive vice president of the Global Intellectual Property Center and vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was a senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy.

Mr. Esper served as well as the executive vice president of the Aerospace Industries Association and was the chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation, the Washington think tank.

Until February 2008, Mr. Esper was the national policy director for the Fred Thompson 2008 Presidential Campaign. He also served for a number of years on Capitol Hill. His last assignment was director of National Security Affairs for Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist.

Earlier in his career, Mr. Esper was policy director for the House Armed Services Committee and a senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and Senate Government Affairs Committee. He also served as the legislative director and senior policy advisor for Sen. Chuck Hagel.

From 2002 to 2004, Mr. Esper was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for Negotiations Policy, responsible for all arms control, nonproliferation, international agreements and matters with the United Nations. For his service, he was awarded the Department of Defense Distinguished Public Service Medal.

Mr. Esper is a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and infantry officer and a distinguished graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He served for more than a decade on active duty, including a combat tour in Iraq during the 1990-91 Gulf War.

Mr. Esper earned a master's of public administration degree from the JFK School of Government at Harvard University and a doctorate from The George Washington University.

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