This episode of the MWI Podcast features a conversation with Secretary of the Army Mark Esper. As the senior civilian official in charge of the Department of the Army, his vision for the service and his priorities will shape the way the Army mans, trains, and equips over the coming years. He talks about that vision and those priorities—from readiness to modernization to reform—not just in the abstract, but also by explaining how those priorities will impact the men and women who wear the US Army uniform in the near future. You can also hear him explain how his experiences as an active duty Army officer, and later in both the Army Reserve and the National Guard, inform the perspective he brings to his current job.

Listen to the full conversation with Secretary Esper below, and if you aren’t already subscribed to the MWI Podcast, be sure to find it on iTunes, Stitcher, or your favorite podcast app so you don’t miss an episode!