Sunday, October 19, 2008

So, who is going to fill all these positions?

One thing I am sure that does not occur to the average US voter, is the number of positions that will be in play this Election. And by that, I mean the ones in the Department of Defense. When the new CinC is sworn in, whomever it may be, they will make their mark on the DoD by filling the positions in the Department that set policies for EVERYTHING.

Just the Office of the Secretary of Defense alone is quite an imposing structure:





Here are some of the positions in the Department will be selected by our next CinC:

Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
Director of Defense Research and Engineering
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Technology)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Logistics and Materiel Readiness)
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Nuclear and Chemical and Biological Defense Programs)
Director of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition Reform)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Advanced Systems and Concepts)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Environmental Security)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Industrial Affairs)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Installations)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Science and Technology)
Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)/Chief Financial Officer
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller)
Director for Program Analysis and Evaluation
Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management Policy)
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Health Affairs)
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Reserve Affairs)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Readiness)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Program Integration)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Planning)
Under Secretary of Defense for Policy
Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy)
Assistant Secretary of Defense (International Security Affairs)
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Strategy and Threat Reduction)
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations and Low-Intensity Conflict)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Policy Support)
Deputy Under Secretary of Defense (Technology Security Policy)
Defense Advisor, U.S. Mission NATO
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence)
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Legislative Affairs)
Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs)
General Counsel of the DoD
Director of Operational Test and Evaluation
Assistant to the Secretary of Defense (Intelligence Oversight)
Director of Administration and Management
Director of Net Assessment


Can your choice for President fill these positions with the right people? It is a question I am afraid few to none ask themselves when they consider a vote. I realize it is a bit narrow a question - but we are at war, and this may matter more than in "normal" times.

3 Comments:

Blogger LGD said...

Whoever is President will appointment pretty much whoever he is advised to appoint.

And it should already be clear to voters who is getting the best advice on Defense matters so far.

Actually it should have been clear to everyone since about 1949 or so.

5:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It's not a narrow question even at times of peace. Isn't that what the olive branch and the arrows on your Presidential seal signify...preference for peace, ready to defend.

Frankly even as an Aussie, the answer to that question has been clear to me since your primaries ended.

--saint, D@B

5:37 AM  
Blogger Inner Prop said...

Maybe I'm thick, but I don't know what the two previous posters mean that the answer is clear.

Clearly no, or clearly yes? Clearly certain people can appoint the right people or clearly no one can. What happened in 1949 that made a difference (Truman was elected after serving out the remainder of FDR's term?)?

I'm trying not to be confrontational. Please do not read anything other than confusion into my post. I honestly don't know what you mean. Would you be more explicit please?

2:27 PM  

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