|Date of death:||July 4, 2016|
|Place of death:||Cheyenne Mountain Complex|
|Cause of death:||Strangled to death by Harvester soldier|
|Profession:||Secretary of Defense|
|Played by:||Patrick St. Esprit|
|First appearance:||Independence Day: Crucible|
|Last appearance:||Independence Day: Resurgence|
|Appears in:||1 films and 2 novels|
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.
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.
War of 2016Edit
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 Harvesters. Lanford eventually conceded to giving permission to the ESD to destroy the vessel. Levinson proposed to send a team to investate the debris, but Tanner dismissed it, saying that there were no life signs, and ordered him back to Washington, D.C..
Tanner participated in the anniversary in Washington, D.C. 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.