February 12, 2015

The Pentagon's new whiz kids

By Shawn Brimley

For decades, Defense Department policy wonks have sought to run the Pentagon more efficiently, especially in the acquisition of budget-busting hardware. But their efforts haven’t always been supported by colleagues from the political or military brass.

Now, Ash Carter’s return to the Pentagon would crown a cadre of leaders seen as technocrats, not politicians, even as President Barack Obama moves to put the nation on a new war footing.

A former deputy defense secretary and veteran of other key Pentagon posts, Carter would join the current deputy, Bob Work, and Undersecretary of Defense Frank Kendall — all at, or near, the pinnacles of their careers and all dedicated, supporters say, to taking a serious shot at serious reform.

“It’s a dream team of wonkiness, and I am thrilled,” said Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), a former state auditor who sits on the Armed Services Committee, which unanimously approved Carter’s nomination Tuesday as the next defense secretary.

Read the full article at POLITICO.

 
  • Shawn Brimley

    Executive Vice President and Director of Studies

    Shawn Brimley is Executive Vice President and Director of Studies at the Center for a New American Security (CNAS) where he manages the center’s research agenda and staff. Mr....