Il Segretario alla Difesa ha licenziato centinaia di membri dei comitati consultivi del Pentagono, compresi i defunti Trump

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has dismissed hundreds of members of 42 Consigli consultivi del Pentagono, comprese le controverse nomine tardive da parte dell'amministrazione Trump, as the Pentagon announced a review of the boardsmemberships Tuesday.

The announcement comes after the previous administration appointed several loyalists to advisory boards in the final months of former President Donald Trump’s term including former Trump campaign manager Corey Lewandowski and David Bossie, who served as his deputy campaign manager.
The Pentagon took no pains to hide the fact Austin took the action because of concerns the Trump administration had openly packed some boards with loyalists.
The Secretary was deeply concerned with the pace and the extent of recent changes to memberships of department advisory committees and this review will allow him now to quickly get his arms around the purpose of these boards and to make sure the advisory committees are in fact providing the best possible advice to department leadership,” chief Pentagon spokesperson John Kirby said.
    The Wall Street Journal was first to report Austin’s decision.
    Current members being told to step down are only those appointed by the Pentagon and not those appointed by the White House or Congress. For example four people appointed by the Pentagon to a congressionally mandated commission on stripping the names of Confederate generals from military bases will be removed but others on that panel appointed by Congress will remain.
    A review of all the boards, and whether they are still needed, will now be the focus before new members are named.
    There’s no question that the frenetic activity that occurred to the composition of so many boards in just the period of November to January deeply concerned the secretary and certainly helped drive him to this decision,” Kirby added.
    Our stewardship responsibilities require that we continually assess to ensure each advisory committee provides appropriate value today and in the future, as times and requirements change,” Austin said in a memo to the department.
    Il 42 advisory boards cost taxpayers millions of dollars each year and some of their work is believed to be potentially redundant, which added to the need for the review.
    The action effectively removes, per adesso, several hundred people serving on boards who advise on everything from defense policy, scienza, innovation, health issues, coastal engineering, sexual misconduct and diversity and inclusion.
    In December CNN reported that Trump purged a Pentagon business advisory board and replaced its members with Bossie and Lewandowski, nessuno dei quali ha prestato servizio militare o ha alcuna esperienza apparente con l'industria della difesa.
      Members who were suddenly removed from the Defense Policy Board, un gruppo consultivo esterno che fornisce al segretario della difesa consulenza sulla politica di difesa, included former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, l'ex membro di rango del comitato di intelligence della Camera Jane Harman e l'ex leader della maggioranza alla Camera Eric Cantor,
      One Trump loyalist expected to keep her advisory role is Kellyanne Conway, who Trump named to the Air Force Academy of Visitors. Seats on that board are controlled by the President so the Austin memo does not cover the panels where the White House names members.

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