The filing claims that "significant text" of the memoir is being held for classification purposes despite Esper saying that nothing classified is included.
In this daily series, Newsweek explores the steps that led to the January 6 Capitol Riot.
With only 61 days left until Inauguration Day, it's unlikely that President Donald Trump will fill these 24 positions with Senate-approved appointees.
On top of strong norms against partisan intervention by the U.S. military, this President has done little to endear himself to the top brass, and they in return have little desire to support him. Even the troops are divided.
"My soldiers don't get to quit," Esper told the Military Times. President Donald Trump fired him Monday.
Trump announced Esper's sudden dismissal in a tweet, following reports of strained relations between the president and defense secretary over the summer.
The top Pentagon chief's ouster raised questions as to how Trump will handle his remaining time in office and whether other officials will also be on the chopping block.
Esper is second only to commander-in-chief President Donald Trump himself when it comes to authority over the U.S. armed forces, even while election votes are counted.
The ships would help provide ammunition to attacking vessels, but many technical questions remain before they hit the water.
"Many of these leaders have sons and daughters who have gone to combat or may be in combat right now," General James McConville said.
China is said to have told its military not to fire first in the South China Sea as tensions with the U.S. rise over the disputed waters.
The shift in public opinion follows the anti-racism and Black Lives Matter demonstrations that have recently swept across the country.
"We must reject and hold accountable those in office who would make a mockery of our Constitution," General James Mattis wrote Wednesday.
"I think that these tasks ought to be relegated as much as possible to the state and local authorities, the law enforcement and police," Senator John Thune said.
The defense secretary disagreed with President Donald Trump on invoking the Insurrection Act in response to the George Floyd protests, according to the Associated Press.
"We are not in one of those situations now. I do not support invoking the Insurrection Act," Department of Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Wednesday.
Secretary of Defense Mark Esper enacted the first order after more than 1,000 sailors aboard the U.S.S. Theodore Roosevelt tested positive for COVID-19, followed by a second outbreak on the U.S.S Kidd in April.
Esper said that nations including China and Russia "will try to use the pandemic as a way to invest in critical industry and infrastructure" in Europe.
The decision not to disclose the number and location of bases hit may "leave many of our service members, military families, community members and more without the information they need to protect themselves," said Senator Murray.
The U.S. military is confronting the spreading coronavirus epidemic, with cases in 41 states and more than 100 bases.
A Pentagon spokesperson told Newsweek that 144 have already recovered.
"During this difficult time for our nation, we need steady, calm leadership. Acting Secretary Modly has shown exactly the opposite."
"There's a growing threat that cartels, criminals and other malign actors will try to exploit the situation," the president said.
"We are not at war. Sailors do not need to die. If we do not act now, we are failing to properly take care of our most trusted asset—our Sailors," U.S. Navy Captain Brett Crozier wrote.
Esper appeared to contradict the president on Sunday, when he said he had not seen evidence that Iran was planning attacks on four American embassies.
Mark Esper's comments came after Trump said that he believed four U.S. embassies would have been attacked if Soleimani was not killed.
Congressman Seth Moulton told MSNBC's Katy Tur Wednesday that information received during a congressional intelligence briefing was conflicting and "quite vague."
Mark Esper says that President Trump "will not give an illegal order" as tensions between the U.S. and Iran continue to rise.
Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper told MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell that Iran should be a "normal country" and stop engaging in what he referred to as "bad behavior."
In a Tuesday tweet, Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper confirmed the deployment of 750 soldiers to Iraq following the round of protests at the U.S. Embassy on Sunday.