New Sec. of Defense ousts all from advisory boards to clear out Trump appointees

New Sec. of Defense ousts all from advisory boards to clear out Trump appointees
Lloyd Austin (Image: YouTube screen grab)

[Ed. – You’ve got to love how this is presented as a sort of prudential move: hit the crash button and heave everyone overboard so as not to appear prejudiced against the late-term Trump appointments.  When has such an appearance stopped the “Biden” team?  This is a big deal, not a small one, and it gives “Biden” the opportunity to make hundreds of board selections instead of a few dozen.  He can completely reshape the boards.]

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin dismissed hundreds of members of the Pentagon’s policy advisory boards Monday, ousting last-minute Trump administration nominees as well as officials appointed by previous administrations.

By removing members, effective Feb. 16, Mr. Austin avoided selectively firing those appointed by the Trump administration. The defense chief also ordered a review of at least 42 boards to be completed by June, defense officials said.

“Advisory boards have and will continue to provide an important role in shaping public policy within [the Department of Defense],” Mr. Austin wrote in a memo to the Pentagon’s leadership. “That said, our stewardship responsibilities require that we continually assess to ensure each advisory committee provides appropriate value today.”

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