President Barack Obama will be in the military’s top job for the first time on Friday, replacing Gen. John Allen, who is retiring after nearly 20 years in the job.
Allen has been at the Pentagon for seven years and is credited with transforming the military from a post-Cold War era of depleted uranium to one of the strongest in the world.
The president has already tapped former Defense Secretary Ashton Carter to be the Pentagon’s next commander in chief, and he’s also looking for a new secretary of defense.
But Obama is expected to name a new chief of staff as soon as Friday, and White House Chief of Staff Denis McDonough is expected as well.
Allen’s successor will have to get along with congressional leaders, lawmakers and the military and its contractors, but he has a good track record.
He was the top official at the Defense Department in the days after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, the first major shift away from the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and the Iraq War.
He’s also a longtime proponent of an aggressive, no-holds-barred approach to Afghanistan and is one of President Obama’s most trusted confidants.
Obama has been known to ask for more information about every military operation, even if it’s a surprise to him.
He has also been vocal about his belief that the U.S. should do more to fight terrorism and other threats around the world, even when it comes to foreign fighters.
But Allen was not the only person to make a career change at the U!
Department of Defense, which is run by the civilian office of the president.
In 2013, the Defense Intelligence Agency replaced Allen, the deputy secretary of the Army, with Rear Adm.
Kevin McQuaid, who served as the acting head of the military for the next four years before being promoted to the Pentagon post.
McQuaid has been credited with taking a more aggressive approach to the fight against ISIS, a Sunni extremist group that has been in control of large swaths of Iraq and Syria.
The Trump administration has also taken steps to ramp up the number of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, as well as to expand the number and reach of drones that can target militants in the region.
McQuamys predecessor, Gen. David Petraeus, was appointed as deputy secretary for intelligence in March 2017 and retired in September 2018.
Petraeus, who also served as commander of the NATO-led mission in Afghanistan, also took on a more military approach to counter-terrorism, as was Allen.
The Pentagon’s new top official will be charged with keeping the department from sliding back into a Cold War-era, no holds barred mindset, one that many experts say can be detrimental to national security.
While McQuanys successor will be a senior civilian with a track record of military leadership, Allen was the one who got into the job when he took the top job in 2014.
He went from being the top-ranking officer in the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a military research agency, to serving as deputy director of DARPA, a civilian branch of the agency.
The Defense Department’s civilian workforce is expected, at the very least, to grow by about 12,000 employees, and the agency is expected by most analysts to have a budget of about $6 trillion.
After Allen retired, McQuain became the deputy chief of Staff for the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
That job is normally held by a top civilian.
But in his new job, McPain is likely to be tasked with running the Pentagon and other Pentagon departments in an expanded role.
A senior administration official told The Hill on Friday that McQuinys successor, McDonaies successor will continue the military-to-military relationship and help shape U.A.E. policy in the Middle East.
In an interview with the Associated Press, McDonalds chief of operations, Roberta B. Williams, said McPeeys transition was a “major milestone for the Defense and the United States.”
McDonalds tenure as commander in Chief is likely over before it begins.
He will be replaced by McQuess, who will have a different role at the agency, according to the senior administration officials.
For many, the decision to replace Allen was a surprise.
Allen served as vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff from 2003 to 2007, where he oversaw the U-2 spy planes and other spy equipment.
“We have the best of both worlds, but we have to be careful that we don’t become complacent,” the president said at a ceremony in August.
“I want the military to be strong, but I want to be able to make decisions about how to protect the country without being constrained by political pressures or by people in Washington.”
In the years before he became the top military official in the United State, Allen had some of the toughest critics on