VT: Trump’s last ditch effort to leave Russia in control of US military capability came to a crashing halt when General Austin, new Sec of Def, fired them all. Along with birthers, pizzagate flunkies and QAnon freaks, VT suspects that as many as a dozen Russian agents are now going to be hitting the unemployment lines…until the GOP finds something else for them.
WASHINGTON/Stripes.com — Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin will dismiss the members of the Pentagon’s policy advisory boards, and has ordered a review to determine whether those panels are needed, Pentagon officials said Tuesday.
For those missing the news. @SecDef Austin cleared out all members of all 42 defense advisory boards and suspended operations of all as well. He ain’t playing these stupid games. https://t.co/Lkgkbc8ThA
— Fred Wellman (@FPWellman) February 2, 2021
Austin has asked the members of at least 42 boards that advise Defense Department secretaries and other top Pentagon workers on topics including business practices, science and technology and personnel issues to resign by Feb. 16, John Kirby, the Pentagon’s top spokesman said Tuesday. He said the review would determine whether each board provides value to Pentagon leadership and whether there is redundancy in their missions.
Pentagon suspends work of advisory boards, asks hundreds of appointees to step down https://t.co/XODM5Rg9gv
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 2, 2021
The dismissals number in the hundreds, according to a senior Pentagon official who briefed reporters on the condition of anonymity. Some of the members could be asked to return to their roles on advisory boards at the completion of the review, which Austin ordered to be concluded by June 1, the official said.
Daily Beast: After President Trump appointed several of his supporters to the Pentagon’s advisory boards in his final days in office, newly minted Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin is starting from scratch.
In a Jan. 30 memorandum, Austin wrote advisory boards play an “important role” in shaping policy, and he would rely on their expertise in the future.
“That said, our stewardship responsibilities require that we continually assess to ensure each advisory committee provides appropriate value today and in the future, as times and requirements change,” he wrote about ordering the review.
The review is to be led by the Pentagon’s general counsel and the director of administration and management, Austin wrote.
— ABC News (@ABC) February 2, 2021
Austin is firing every member of these boards, Trump appointees and others—such as former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger—alike, the Wall Street Journal reports.
Defense Sec Lloyd Austin has dismissed every member of the Pentagon’s policy advisory boards, "ousting last-minute Trump administration nominees" https://t.co/SZUVJgWB9s@laraseligman reported last week that DoD had stopped processing Trump's nominees https://t.co/FTjJ3y5oaU
— Natasha Bertrand (@NatashaBertrand) February 2, 2021
Among the more notorious Trump appointees were his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, former deputy campaign manager David Bossie, and Anthony Tata, a former Pentagon official famous for falsely calling President Obama a Muslim.