The administration of Republican President Donald trump has made sweeping changes to the defense Department’s leadership structure, removing several of the most senior officials and replacing them with alleged loyalists.
The flurry of changes, announced by the Department of defense in a statement about 24 hours after President Donald trump fired defense Secretary Mark Esper, has caused growing alarm among military and civilian employees. Four senior U.S. defense Department civilian officials have been fired or resigned since Monday – including Esper, his chief of staff, and top officials overseeing policy and intelligence.
They were replaced by alleged trump supporters, including Christopher Miller, who previously actively opposed Barack Obama. But these moves are likely to only increase the sense of chaos at the Pentagon after Esper’s firing. There are growing concerns that a chaotic transition could undermine national security.