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Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and eight others joined the Defense Policy Board, the Department announced on Monday, after the Pentagon ordered 11 high-profile advisers to be removed from the Board in November.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said, The eight new members of high-profile newt gingrich, the U.S. ambassador to the international civil aviation organization Thomas Carter (Thomas Carter), the center for strategic and international studies (CSIS), a senior consultant and author of “the rise of China and the strategic logic of Edward root, Dr (Edward Luttwak), the former air force fighter jets flying officer Scott Grady (Scott O ‘Grady), Thomas Stewart (Thomas Stewart, Randy Forbes, founder of the Congressional China caucus, Senator Robert Smith and former ambassador Charles Glazer.
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“Today, I am proud to announce the addition of eight new members to the Department of Defense’s Defense Policy Committee.” “These new members bring to the Advisory Board a wealth of defense and national security experience from their work in Congress, the State Department, our armed Forces, and elsewhere,” Miller said in a statement. I am confident that the Department of Defense will greatly benefit from their time and service on the Commission.”
The DPC is a federal advisory board, usually composed of former senior national security officials, that provides independent, informed advice on defense policy matters to the secretaries of defense and deputy secretaries of defense for their specific tasks, according to the Defense Department’s website.
On November 25, Mueller fired 11 members of the Defense Policy Committee, including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright, as well as former House Intelligence Committee member Jane Harman and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
President Donald Trump has been making changes to the Department of Defense for more than a month, including the appointment of Mueller. Three days after the election, Trump fired Mark Esper and appointed Mueller as acting secretary of Defense.
On November 18, Mr Miller announced to troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that he had instructed the assistant secretary of defence for special operations and low-intensity conflict to report directly to him, rather than through bureaucratic channels. Miller said the changes will immediately improve the agility of departments and commands, simplify information flow and strengthen decision-making.
The move will put the Defense Department at the forefront of “competing with major powers such as Russia and China and combating transnational threats,” according to the Ministry’s website.
Trump and Miller also replaced members of the National Defense Commerce Council, and announced on December 9 that China policy expert Michael Pillsbury would head the national Defense Policy Council, with former National Nuclear Security Agency (NNSA) director Lisa Gordon-Hagerty on the council.