Reese Tanner
Tanner portrait
Biographical Information
Name: Reese Tanner
Status: Deceased
Date of death: July 4, 2016
Place of death: Cheyenne Mountain Complex
Nationality: Flag of the United States American
Career Information
Profession: Secretary of Defense
Family Information
Marital status: Single
Played by: Patrick St. Esprit
First appearance: Independence Day: Crucible
Last appearance: Independence Day: Resurgence

Reese Tanner was the U.S. Secretary of Defense who served under Presidents Lucas Jacobs and Elizabeth Lanford.


Tanner was complicit with the Jacobs administration for rushing the development of a hybrid fighter that killed Steven Hiller in the 2007 ESD Spring Expo. Prior to the incident, ESD scientist David Levinson warned Tanner about his concerns about the hybrid in which Tanner disregarded his warnings and had him removed from the hybrid project. Much to Tanner's reluctance, Levinson was appointed as the new ESD Director.

War of 2016Edit

Tanner was present when Dylan Dubrow-Hiller arrived to the White House to meet with President Elizabeth Lanford.

When Rhea Base was destroyed, Collins attempted to contact Lanford, but Tanner said that she would be available after the press tour. Levinson told Collins to bypass Tanner in any way to reach the President.

During the upcoming 20th anniversary of the War of 1996, an unknown alien spaceship appeared on the Moon. Tanner was very vocal to implore President Lanford to deem the ship as a threat, despite Levinson's concerns that it was unrelated to the aliens from the War of 1996. Lanford eventually conceded to giving permission to the ESD to destroy the vessel. Levinson then proposed to send a team to investigate the debris, but Tanner dismissed it, saying that there were no life signs, and ordered him back to Washington, D.C. Levinson, however, hanged up on Tanner.

Tanner participated in the anniversary in Washington and was witnessed to the arrival of the Harvester Mothership. He and along with Lanford's Cabinet evacuated to Cheyenne before the mothership devastated the American east coast. After a failed counterattack against the Harvester, the aliens assaulted Cheyenne and Tanner was killed.



Behind the ScenesEdit

In a deleted scene, it is shown that the Harvester Queen used Tanner's body to speak to Elizabeth Lanford, asking her about the Sphere's whereabouts.


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