January 06, 2016

Obama picks Special Operations commander to lead U.S. Central Command

Featuring Paul Scharre

Source: The Washington Post

WASHINGTON — The White House will nominate a veteran Special Operations commander to lead U.S. Central Command, underscoring the Obama administration’s affinity for using secretive elite military forces in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan.

Senior officials this week approved Army Gen. Joseph Votel, who has headed U.S. Special Operations Command since Aug. 2014, as the White House nominee to command Centcom, said a defense official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss internal decisions.

Read the full article at the Washington Post (Boston Globe).

  • Paul Scharre

    Senior Fellow and Director, Technology and National Security Program

    Paul Scharre is a Senior Fellow and Director of the Technology and National Security Program at the Center for a New American Security. He is author of the forthcoming book, A...