Editors Note- This article was originally posted Nov. 18, 2020 and updated for typo.
A remarkable announcement was made by the acting secretary of defense, Christopher Miller, on Wednesday, about a reform of the positioning for the special forces full of reminders of President John F. Kennedy.
“Miller, a former Green Beret who took part in a secret mission in Afghanistan immediately following the 9/11 attacks, announced the new policy while at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, the historic home of Army Special Forces,” John Solomon for Just the News, reported.
“I am here today to announce that I have directed the Special Operations civilian leadership to report directly to me, instead of through the current bureaucratic channels,” Miller said.
“I am here today to announce that I have directed the Special Operations civilian leadership to report directly to me, instead of through the current bureaucratic channels.” A/SD Chris Miller pic.twitter.com/GOPtWsEcR9— Department of Defense ???????? (@DeptofDefense) November 18, 2020
In their article, In Shake-Up, Acting SecDef Elevates Special Operations to Be ‘On Par’ with Service Branches, Richard Sisk wrote for Military.com:
“Acting Defense Secretary Christoper Miller announced Wednesday that U.S. Special Operations Command will now report directly to him, putting it on par with the service branches.”
Miller had been named acting Defense Secretary recently, after the firing of Mark Esper.
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..— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 9, 2020
Miller said the move for Special Ops comes in recognition of the nation’s increasing reliance on its covert forces.
“I have directed the special operations civilian leadership to report directly to me,” Miller said. “It will put Special Operations Command on par with the military services for the first time. This reform will immediately improve agility for the department and the command and will enable us to streamline decision flow; enhance decision-making; and more adeptly support our commanders and their superb soldiers, sailors, airmen, and Marines.”
With the support of President Donald Trump, “We are forging the next chapter in the history of U.S. Special Operations forces and formalizing a watershed reform,” Miller added. “Right now, we start the transition to provide greater civilian oversight of and, critically, advocacy for our special operators.”
“The new policy eliminates bureaucratic layers that have existed between the Pentagon chief and the head of Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict. It also gives Special Operations Command based in Tampa, Florida, a more direct line to the defense secretary.
The move is a “watershed reform,” said Miller, who described U.S. Special Operations Command as “a national treasure unparalleled in the world.”
The new move likely is pegged to the coming drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan; a Pentagon official told Just the News. It also hints at current bureaucratic logjams within the Department of Defense,” Solomon reported.
Miller delivered remarks at the Special Operations Memorial Plaza during a visit to Fort Bragg, N.C. on Wednesday, join by Ezra Cohen-Watnick.
Former President John F. Kennedy was evoked at the announcement.
“Ezra Cohen-Watnick just delivered a speech regarding the move to place civilian SpecOps directly underneath the Acting Sec of Defense. Listen closely,” one poster wrote.
“The Department of Defense has started the process of formalizing what we have long known the fundamental role of US Special operations in defense of the foreign policy, and by elevating special operations forces to a level on par with Military Departments as authorized and erected by Congress. As we enact these reforms, we follow these reforms; we enact President John F. Kennedy’s vision, which predicted the rise of special operations nearly 60 years ago. He foresaw “another type of war, new in its intensity, ancient in its origin that would require a whole new kind of strategy, a wholly different kind of force, and forces which are too unconventional.
President Kennedy gave these remarks at the nuclear age opening when the Pentagon was primarily organized to plan and direct large conventional operations against superpowers, not special operations short of overt declared conflicts. The Global demands for special operations forces, then and now, have confirmed his foresight. Under President Trump’s leadership, we fully realize President Kennedy’s view of Special Operations. We should be again entering of great power competitions as we will affirm the importance of the special operations committee and then, as now I know the special operations will play a vital role and by historical reforms that we have enacted today, will give us civilian forces commemorate to the secretary’s other military departments. I am honored to serve as your service secretary,” Cohen-Watnick said.
Speculation on social media drew a connection to John F. Kennedy’s National Security Action Memo 57
Here is President Kennedy's NSAM 57 which gives the Special Operations authority back to the Pentagon demoting the CIA. Acting Defense Secretary Miller activated this authority in his Special Ops order today: pic.twitter.com/klzTcXPXqd— Dark Journalist (@darkjournalist) November 18, 2020
The reference to the quote by JFK about 100 Pieces has an interesting background.
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The news of the sweeping reform comes at the same time that Miller orders the reduction of troops in Afghanistan, where he personally served.
“We are now bringing these conflicts to their successful and responsible conclusion under the bold leadership of President Trump,” Miller said.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller announced plans to reduce U.S. troop levels in Iraq and Afghanistan. Miller said the plan will cut the number of troops in Afghanistan from more than 4,500 to 2,500, and in Iraq from about 3,000 to 2,500. https://t.co/2eJwlEgdVl— The Associated Press (@AP) November 17, 2020
God rest the soul of President Kennedy. We never forgot him.
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