Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has taken initial steps toward reasserting civilian control of the military, in a drive to energize a group that saw its power drain under the former president.
In his first weeks in office, the new secretary has installed a slate of well-respected national security professionals in his front office who are working to restore order to the Pentagon’s policymaking process. Those staffers are already making changes to ensure that civilian voices are included in policy meetings.
And in a careful message to America’s top brass in the Pentagon’s classified meeting room, “the Tank,” on Friday, Austin said he will rely heavily on those civilians while also stressing that the Joint Chiefs of Staff will still have a seat at the table.
This story is based on interviews with 10 current and former defense officials, some of whom spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive topic. Many expressed deep concern that Austin — himself a former general — might not push back forcefully enough against the military officers they say have in recent years exerted far too much power. Yet others, who acknowledge that Austin has much work ahead of him, say the new defense secretary is off to a good start.
“Austin is inheriting a civil-military balance inside the building with a joint staff that is perhaps more powerful than it should be,…read more…
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The amount of $$$$$ spent on the US War Industry is shameful.
Every US Administration pumps out the fear & danger propaganda 24/7 & Americans soak it up make believing that the US is about to be attacked by those “Axis of Evil” countries all planning to attack us.
Yes the “War on Terror” has been great for the Military Industrial Complex but in fact the terror attack known as “The New Pearl Harbor” is at last being exposed as the false flag operation of the century with the promotion of almost every US official involved & the abject failure of the 16 + US Intelligence Agencies that cost the US millions of $$$ just to keep us safe.
Amazing though how the “Usual Suspects” were available within minutes of the attack to let us know that the guilty party was Usama bin Ladin that well known cave dweller in Afghanistan .
Will Austin at least attempt to purge the Dominionists from the service academies?
I’m quite sure his response would be, ‘thats above my pay grade”
Otherwise he would be fired immediately.
Changing the religious influence on our civic work, has to come from the people, and our elected, not appointees. The elected, should be so, based on their adherence to our constitution, which very specifically states, separation from church and state.
Tax the churches and all their stuff. It was unconstitutional to do otherwise.
The waiting period is 7 years for a reason. No human being can revert to civilian life psychologically in one or two years. Also, if we start giving out waivers, this will catch the eye of profiteers and opportunists.
So, the war powers should be returned to congress, and the wait times strictly adhered to, and then we can begin discussing how civilian control looks. End the Patriot act. The dedication and giving of ones life, does not extend to undeserving allies who stir up trouble over foolish religion.
Well, as Georges Clemenceau said once…war is too serious a matter to entrust to military men.
Good luck to Lloyd Austin. I hope he will serve as a true military professional. He has experience. But if he will start to hear the politicians, he will fail. Stay firm and unbiased.
Politicians like Antony Blinken who has already pushed right away to sign the extension of the New START just as is, versus that impeached pedo loser, the love of Russia, who called it deeply flawed wanting to renegotiate it and expand it to include China (lol) always reaching for something beyond his understanding just to show off ?
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