Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley easily handled his confirmation hearing last Thursday to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs, Defense One reported.
Milley appeared before the Senate Armed Services Committee where both Republicans and Democrats praised Milley as the right selection to become the next top military officer.
Committee members Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Va.) committed to supporting Milley’s nomination and Sen. Angus King (I-Maine) said, “I don’t think there’s anyone that I have met in my work here that I have more confidence in and in the position that you’re about to embark upon.”
Milley did face strong questioning from lawmakers on both sides of the aisle about DOD’s current lack of confirmed senior civilian leadership at the Pentagon.
Currently 18 senior DOD civilian leadership roles are being performed unconfirmed officials, including the defense secretary, deputy defense secretary, chief management officer and Army and Air Force secretaries.
During his hearing Milley also emphasized to committee lawmakers that in his view China would be the chief military rival for the next century, Task and Purpose reported.
“I think China is the main challenger to U.S. national security over the next 50, 100 years,” Milley said.
“China has expanded throughout all the regions of the globe, in clear competition,” he added. “Primarily in competition for resources in order to build and improve their military, to fund and fuel their economy.”
If confirmed, Milley will replace Marine Corps Gen. Joseph F. Dunford as the top Pentagon military official, personally advising the president on military strategy.
Army National Guard photo by Sgt. 1st Class Jim Greenhill