• Trump Announces Shanahan’s Withdrawal as DOD Chief, Esper Named to Become Acting SecDef

    Trump Announces Shanahan’s Withdrawal as DOD Chief, Esper Named to Become Acting SecDef0

    Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan withdrew from consideration to become the agency’s permanent chief and will be replaced by Army Secretary Mark Esper, President Donald Trump announced Tuesday. “Acting Secretary of Defense Patrick Shanahan, who has done a wonderful job, has decided not to go forward with his confirmation process so that he can devote more

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  • Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan to be Nominated for Top Pentagon Role

    Acting Defense Secretary Shanahan to be Nominated for Top Pentagon Role0

    The White House announced Thursday that President Donald Trump is formally nominating Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan to become the Pentagon’s chief. Shanahan, who has held the position on an interim basis since December, was recently cleared in a Pentagon inspector general’s report investigating whether he had shown preference for his former employer Boeing. “Based

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  • Shanahan IG Report Expected this Week

    Shanahan IG Report Expected this Week0

    A DOD inspector general’s report reviewing whether Acting Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has shown favor toward his former employer Boeing is expected to be completed by the end of the week, according to a CNN report. The investigation is examining if Shanahan violated his DOD ethics agreement by expressing preference for Boeing products in his

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  • The Search for a SECDEF

    The Search for a SECDEF0

    At least four candidates to become the next secretary of defense have said no, Foreign Policy reported. That includes Sens. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), former Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) and retired Gen. Jack Keane. “The sacrifices associated with becoming secretary of defense deter most qualified candidates,” Loren Thompson of the Lexington Institute

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  • Mattis to Depart Pentagon in February

    Mattis to Depart Pentagon in February0

    President Trump will need to find a new defense secretary after his first Pentagon chief Jim Mattis submitted his resignation Thursday in response to the president’s abrupt announcement the previous day that he would pull U.S. troops out of Syria. The table had been set for Mattis’ departure in recent months, though, as he found

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  • Pentagon to Look at 1986 Law that Revamped Command Structure

    Pentagon to Look at 1986 Law that Revamped Command Structure0

    The Defense Department is reviewing the landmark 1986 Goldwater-Nichols Act, which revamped the military’s organizational structure and streamlined the military chain of command. “This is something that the secretary feels is important to take a look at the department and the structure right now within the DOD and to make sure that we’re doing things as efficiently as possible,” Peter Cook, Defense Secretary Ash Carter’s press secretary, said Tuesday. “This is something that he’s initiated here within the department itself, to take a hard look at how things are structured right now. Whether or not things could be done differently in the spirit of Goldwater-Nichols and the changes that resulted from that many years ago …

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