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Who’s at the Helm? February 9, 2009

Posted by Stephen Abott in Analysis, News.
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As reported in Politico Today, the Pentagon’s (U)AT&L – John Young – is pushing for further investment in larger and more costly destroyer and Cruiser platforms. This is seemingly in opposition to the Obama administration’s intent to focus on less expensive ships which can be delivered at a higher rate.
This is leaving the DOD in an interesting position with legacy players from the Bush administration administering programs and functioning as place holders for as yet unconfirmed nominees.

As William Lynn and others languish in the Senate as unconfirmed nominees, Bush appointees continue to run much of the Defense Department. It is therefore more difficult, as the pass back occurs, for the new administration to push the Pentagon in the direction that it wants with regards to Afghanistan, procurement, long-term planning etc. as many of these positions are still occupied by Bush appointees. Many of these officials have chosen to stay until their replacements have arrived, causing a bureaucratic jumble. The longer the Democratic Senate holds up the Democratic President’s nominees, the more time Republican appointees remain in posts where they can push policies which may be anathema to the new President’s.

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