President Donald Trump announced on Twitter Monday that he has fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, and that Christopher Miller, who serves … In January 2002, he was one of … Federal law requires that any defense secretary must be removed from active service for at least seven years, or require a waiver. Miller served in the military from 1983 to 2014 and participated in combat operations in Afghanistan in 2001 and the second Iraq war in 2003, according to his bio page on the National Counterterrorism Center’s website. The Senate will be unable to formally confirm Miller as defense secretary until 2021 due to a federal law barring individuals from being named to the position within seven years of their military service, Defense News reported. You've successfully subscribed to this newsletter! ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Prior to that position, Miller was the deputy assistant secretary of defense for special operations and combating terrorism. Politico first reported Biden's selection of Austin. When he did speak, Austin did not mince words. He served in that role until 2019. A year later he assumed command of U.S. Central Command, where he fashioned and began implementing a U.S. military strategy for rolling back the Islamic State militants in Iraq and Syria. or redistributed. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. NEW YORK -- A U.S. Senate committee backed retired Gen. Lloyd Austin for defense secretary on Thursday, sending him a step closer to becoming the first African American to hold the post. President Trump announced on Twitter Monday that he has fired Defense Secretary Mark Esper and will replace him with an acting secretary. 2-ranking position. Inbox: Speaker Pelosi sent a letter late yesterday to Acting Defense Secretary Miller demanding an immediate halt to "the improper process of installing unqualified Trump-loyalist Michael Ellis" as the new NSA General Counsel 72 hours prior to the beginning of the new admin. This position corresponds to what is generally known as a defense minister in many other countries. In 2015, in describing how the Islamic State army managed a year earlier to sweep across the Syrian border to grab control of large swaths of northern and western Iraq, Austin said the majority of Iraqi Sunnis simply refused to fight for their government. Army Secretary Mark Esper, shown above in Fort Bragg, N.C., is expected to be President Trump’s nominee to serve permanently as his secretary of defense. Miller, 55, takes over Esper’s role after serving as director of the National Counterterrorism Center since last August. 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The impending nomination of Austin was confirmed by four people with knowledge of the pick who spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the selection hadn't been formally announced. Arrangements are being made for 15,000 of the 25,600 Guard soldiers and airmen in D.C. to return home over the next 10 days. Months of preparation preceded a month-and-a-half-long air war that left 33 American pilots and their crew members dead. The move prompted an outcry from some troops. Quotes displayed in real-time or delayed by at least 15 minutes. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, The report released by Air Combat Command concluded that the broken blade caused the left engine to shut down automatically. "I thank Pat for his outstanding service and will be naming Secretary of the Army, Mark Esper, to be the new Acting Secretary of Defense," wrote Trump on Twitter. Biden selected Austin over the longtime front-runner candidate, Michele Flournoy, a former senior Pentagon official and Biden supporter who would have been the first woman to serve as defense secretary. 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The Acting US Secretary of Defense said on Monday there was no intelligence to indicate an insider threat to Joe Biden's inauguration but that troops were still being vetted before the event. The Humvee was stolen from a National Guard Armory in a Los Angeles suburb. Although Mattis remains widely respected for his military prowess and intellect, critics say he tended to surround himself with military officers at the expense of a broader civilian perspective. This article was written by ROBERT BURNS, MICHAEL BALSAMO, JONATHAN LEMIRE and ZEKE MILLER from The Associated Press and was legally licensed through the Industry Dive publisher network. Who is Christopher C. Miller, the new acting US secretary of Defense? Is the US Losing the Fight for Arctic Dominance? He is a former aerospace executive that has supporters within the military. AP Images. ©2021 FOX News Network, LLC. Austin is a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and served 41 years in uniform. “I am pleased to announce that Christopher C. Miller, the highly respected director of the National Counterterrorism Center (unanimously confirmed by the Senate), will be Acting Secretary of Defense, effective immediately,” Trump wrote on Twitter. Trump added, “Chris will do a great job” and noted that Esper “has been terminated.” The president did not provide an explanation for Esper’s termination, though rumors that his exit was imminent have circulated in recent weeks. Austin retired from the Army in 2016, and he would need a congressional waiver of the legal requirement that a former member of the military be out of uniform at least seven years before serving as secretary of defense. In the short term, the president had chosen to place Mark Esper as acting Secretary of Defense. Biden Picks Lloyd Austin as Secretary of Defense: Sources, By Army Secretary Mark Esper was named the new acting secretary of defense by President Trump on Tuesday after Patrick Shanahan withdrew his nomination. Biden has known Austin at least since the general's years leading U.S. and coalition troops in Iraq while Biden was vice president. Secretary of Defense Mark Esper testifies before a House Armed Services Committee hearing at Capitol Hill in Washington on July 9, 2020. An aspect of the defense secretary’s job that is unfamiliar to most who take the job is the far-flung and complex network of nuclear forces that are central to U.S. defense strategy. By W.E. JOINT BASE ANDREWS, Va. — After a tumultuous week of high-profile resignations from the Trump Administration and the withdrawal of the Homeland Security nominee, Air Force Senior Airman Davis McDaniels was startled when, upon reporting to work at the 316th Security Forces Squadron, he was notified that he had been appointed the Acting Secretary of Defense, … This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. The proposal to expand military exchange shopping privileges had been expected to be finalized in late 2020. Market data provided by Factset. President Trump fires Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Pence touts time as VP, including Hoosier Justice Barrett, in return to Indiana: 'There's no place like home', Obama, Bush and Clinton say inauguration highlights 'institutional integrity' of USA, ask for national unity, GOP looks to Biden administration to ‘lower the temperature’ but voice skepticism. Esper, 56, has acted as the 23rd Secretary … President Trump appointed longtime national security official Christopher C. Miller as acting defense secretary on Monday following his surprise firing via tweet of Mark Esper. A graduate of George Washington University, Miller also holds degrees from the Naval War College and the Army War College. Rose will serve as a senior coronavirus adviser to the secretary of defense. President Trump fired Secretary of Defense Mark Esper (shown) on Monday, announcing that the director of the National Counterterrorism Center (NCC) will replace Esper. Although many previous defense secretaries have served briefly in the military, only two — George C. Marshall and James Mattis — have been career officers. He is a member of the board of directors of Raytheon Technologies. President-elect Joe Biden’s nominee for U.S. Defense Secretary, Ret. After his retirement from the military, Miller worked as a defense contractor. 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