(Washington News)-President-elect Biden is expected to take a historic step, choosing a woman to head the Pentagon for the first time, breaking one of the few remaining obstacles in the department and the presidential cabinet.
Michele FlournoyThe Pentagon is a moderate Pentagon veteran politically and is regarded as the first choice for this position by American officials and political insiders.
After the turbulent period in the Pentagon, her selection will take place during the Pentagon era, when five men held the top positions of President Donald Trump. The closest secretary of defense is Mark EsperAfter overthrowing the withdrawal of troops and using military force to quell civilian riots, he was fired by Trump on Monday.
If confirmed, Flournoy will face a future that is expected to involve a reduction in the Pentagon’s budget and potential military involvement in the distribution of coronavirus vaccines.
Democrats have been trying to appoint a woman to the top position in the department, which did not open all combat jobs to female service personnel until about five years ago. If Hillary Clinton (Hillary Clinton) wins the 201
The 59-year-old Flournoy is regarded as a staunch force supporting stable overseas military cooperation. He has held several positions at the Pentagon since the 1990s, the most recent being the Deputy Secretary of Defense Policy from 2009 to 2012 . Her serving on the Booz board of defense contractor Allen Hamilton (Allen Hamilton) may attract the attention of some lawmakers. But her modest position may ensure broad support from both parties, and this position needs to be confirmed by the Senate.
Few other names were mentioned, although they were listed as a possible option by the former head of the Department of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. Choosing a woman will be consistent with Biden’s commitment to a diverse cabinet.
She is outspoken in U.S. foreign and defense policy, especially in the past year. In the four years since the Trump White House promoted the “America First” policy and became more distrustful and critical of allies, she supported closer international cooperation.
She said in March: “No matter who the next president is, whether it’s the second Trump term or Vice President Biden, or whoever it is, this is one of the most important agenda items in my opinion and will try to fix this. This view.” The United States may no longer be a reliable partner. “But I don’t think it will be easy, nor will it happen overnight. I think it will take many years to restore this trust and status.”
She also warned against making drastic changes immediately.
“One of the most dangerous trends is-after administrative changes, especially when political parties change-get new teams to join and use the term’deny’. But enter and assume that everything their predecessors did is wrong, you Knowing that they basically threw the baby in the bath water and they overcorrected in the other direction,” she said on the Hudson College forum.
Arnold Punaro (Arnold Punaro) is a retired two-star general in the Marine Corps. He was the former Chief of Staff of the Georgia Democratic Senator Sam Nunn (Sam Nunn) Senate Armed Services Committee.
The Ministry of Defense is one of the three cabinet agencies. The other agencies are the Ministry of Finance and Veterans Affairs. These agencies have never been led by women. Since its founding in 1947, of the 28 soldiers who have held the highest positions in national defense, 3 were former military veterans, including three formerly in the Trump administration, Jim Mattis, Esper and the current agent Secretary Christopher Miller. Flournoy did not serve in the army.
Like Mattis and Esper, Flournoy sees China as the most significant long-term challenge to the dominance of the United States on the world stage. She said in July that the United States is losing its military technological superiority compared with major competitors such as China, and that reversing this trend must become a priority for the Pentagon.
However, she also warned against abandoning the Middle East and advocated “maintaining a moderate continuous presence” in the Middle East. For example, her support role in Afghanistan is limited. This role focuses more on countering terrorist threats and less on rebuilding the country.
She said about Afghanistan in March: “We want to reduce our commitments, but we want to do this in a wise way and safeguard our interests in the process. She added that she wants “we Not just cut and run. Trump has urged a full withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan by the end of the year, but so far, the Pentagon has not ordered this.
In North Korea, she said on an online forum in October that nuclear disarmament should still be the ultimate goal, but she found it “difficult to see” Kim Jong-un agreeing to give up all nuclear weapons, which she said he believed was the “survival card” of the North Korean regime.
On the Iranian side, Fronoy advocated a modified approach to deter the Islamic Republic by breaking the familiar pattern and sending more U.S. troops to the Gulf in response to Iran’s provocation, just like the Trump administration is fighting against The United States did in May 2019 after imposing credible threats to benefit the region.
Flournoy is the co-founder of Westexec Advisors, a consulting company that provides advice and geopolitical risk analysis to corporate clients. She worked with former senior government officials (including former Secretary of State and Biden’s top foreign policy adviser Anthony Brinken) and military experts, such as retired Army General Vincent Brooks (Vincent Brooks). He led the U.S. military in South Korea until 2019.
In 2007, Flournoy helped create a think tank, the New American Security Center.