Skip to comments.Joint Chiefs to Get Overhaul as Obama Presidency Nears Final Approach
Posted on 05/11/2015 7:02:40 AM PDT by daniel1212
President Obama plans to overhaul the Joint Chiefs of Staff this year as he seeks to replace a handful of longtime members whose terms are coming to a close.
Obama on Tuesday nominated Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, commandant of the Marine Corps, to succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey as chairman this fall. He also tapped Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, head of U.S. Transportation Command, to replace Navy Adm. James Sandy Winnefeld as vice chairman.
In the roles since 2011, Dempsey and Winnefeld are expected to retire after their current two-year terms end in October and August, respectively. Whats more, two other members of the presidents cadre of military advisers are scheduled to step down in September, including Army Gen. Raymond Odierno, chief of staff of the Army, and Navy Adm. Jonathan Greenert, chief of naval operations.
The Joint Chiefs shakeup, if approved by the Senate, may leave a mark on the last two years of Obamas presidency. In recent months alone, he consulted with his military advisers and national-security staff in authorizing U.S. military responses to a rising number of global threats, from Islamic militants in Iraq and Syria to Russian military involvement in the Ukraine.
While Dunford has the shortest tenure of any of the current service chiefs on the panel just 200 days he has years of experience in leadership roles and commanding troops in combat. He was in charge of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan from 2013 to 2014, served as an assistant commandant from 2010 to 2012, and led Regimental Combat Team-5 under then-Gen. James Mattis during the 2003 invasion of Iraq.
Michael OHanlon, a senior fellow who specializes in national security and defense policy at the Brookings Institution, a nonpartisan research organization in Washington, D.C., praised Dunford for his combat experience, as well as his knowledge about the Pentagons strategic shift to the Asia-Pacific region and budgetary matters.
In an email, he described the general as very smart, very good listener, pragmatic, respectful yet hardly retreating.
Even so, OHanlon said the pending departure of such high-profile members of the Joint Chiefs as Odierno and Greenert are major losses that could impact the quality and type of military advice furnished to the president.
There are strong people behind them but still, Odierno is sort of Mr. Army at this point in his career, and Adm. Greenert is very experienced among other things with the China relationship, he wrote. These are major losses indeed, and there is probably a case to be made for ignoring usual rules and keeping one or both for yet another two-year term.
Obama this year will also nominate a new commandant of the Marine Corps, if Dunford is confirmed as expected. And next year, he will pick successors for Air Force Gen. Mark Welsh, chief of staff of the Air Force, and Army Gen. Frank Grass, chief of the National Guard Bureau, whose terms will expire in 2016.
The counsel from senior uniformed leaders will be all the more important in the coming period, given the presidents record-low approval ratings from rank-and-file troops.
Only 15 percent of career-oriented service members approve of Obamas performance, down from 35 percent in 2009, according to a Military Times survey conducted in late 2014. By comparison, 46 percent of Americans overall approve of his job, down from 65 percent shortly after he took office in 2009, according to a Gallup poll conducted this month.
Experts credited the slide in Obamas approval ratings among those in uniform to sweeping changes to military personnel policies enacted during his tenure, such as opening more combat-related jobs to women, ending dont ask, dont tell and allowing gays to serve openly, and downsizing the force and laying off otherwise qualified troops due to budget constraints.
At the same time, despite more than a decade of U.S.-led wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, polls show more Americans support military intervention abroad.
Nearly two-thirds of Americans, or 63 percent, approve of the U.S. air campaign against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, up from 57 percent in October, according to a Pew Research Center survey conducted in February. Put another way, about twice as many people now approve of the mission than disapprove of it.
And while the public is split over the possibility of sending U.S. ground troops to the region, almost as many people now favor the idea as oppose it. About 47 percent of Americans support the idea, up from 39 percent in October, while 49 percent are against it, down from 55 percent in the fall, according to Pew.
Brendan McGarry can be reached at Brendan.McGarry@military.com.
The Joint Chiefs will now go full affirmative action: 1 black, 1 Hispanic, 1 woman, 1 transgender, 1 gay, etc.
I wonder if the question was asked:
“Will you follow orders to fire on Americans?”
Final approach. Great metaphor for a hate-filled president whose flight plan is to bring down the skyscraper called America.
Obama needs the military to be ready for the order to put down any troublesome conservative states who think they can take on the Anointed One.
That and "do you believe in the Constitution". "If martial law is ordered and presidential voting is suspended, will you still recognize and follow your President?"
One minute after president Cruz is sworn in, all of the JCS and their corresponding Vice need to be notified that they are retiring effective within 7 days.
Generals are almost entirely political appointees and are selected for their political ideology.
Spoke to some veteran friends. While many of the retired among them would never follow those orders, they believe more and more that the newer crop of them are being brainwashed to do just that.
Hussein will try to fill the slots with traitors like himself.
“The Joint Chiefs will now go full affirmative action: 1 black, 1 Hispanic, 1 woman, 1 transgender, 1 gay, etc.”
And all members of Code Pink - you know, that organization that disappeared once oblamer was in charge of the war in Afghanistan etc.
Job openings for 3 Marie Harfs in this exercise.
All female and all black ?
How much more sycophantic can you get than Dempsey???
The real question to ask is; What will you do if Americans return fire?"
Outnumbered and out gunned is no cozy spot. The military would have to gas a populace prior to any attack on their rights in order to incapacitate or negate any chances of resistance.
The Joint Chiefs shakeup, if approved by the Senate.
Guess who owns the senate look at the damage it has done so far.
Active Duty ping.
Obama made two promises he kept. (1)”Electricity rates must necessarily skyrocket”. They are creeping up every month in my area. (2) I will fundamentally change America”. He is. For the worse. Blacks are more rebellious, angry and violent. Corruption in government appears worse. Average working Americans are feeling overwhelmed emotionally from changes in employment workplace and people in general being more rude and selfish. Why this is, I’m not sure. But our culture is degrading.
-——For the worse. Blacks are more rebellious, angry and violent. ——
I would argue the reason is that Obama has not lived up to their expectations (hope) and their level there has been no change they consider good
How many are being ‘terminated’ just short of their retirement benefits?
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