RAYTHEON VEEP. Mark T. Esper has been named vice president of government relations for Raytheon Co. He joins the company from the Global Intellectual Property Center, where he was executive vice president, and from a stint as vice president of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. Previously, he was a senior scholar at the National Institute for Public Policy, a vice president at the Aerospace Industries Association and chief of staff at the Heritage Foundation. Until February 2008, Esper was national policy director for the 2008 presidential campaign of former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn. Before that, he was director of national security affairs for former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist, R-Tenn., and policy director for the House Armed Services Committee and a senior professional staff member on the Senate Foreign Relations and Senate Government Affairs committees. He also was legislative director and senior policy adviser for former Sen. Chuck Hagel, R-Neb. A retired Army lieutenant colonel, Esper worked at the Pentagon from 2002 to 2004 as deputy assistant secretary for negotiations policy.