December 15, 2016

What Should Mattis Look for in a Deputy?

By Loren DeJonge Schulman

Source: Defense News

Journalist(s) Aaron Mehta

If retired Gen. James Mattis is confirmed as President-elect Donald Trump’s first secretary of defense, he will take over arguably the largest bureaucracy in the world.

The question is: Who becomes his right-hand man? 

The current holder of that role, Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work, believes that before Trump and Mattis fill the deputy spot, they should decide what role they want the deputy to have. In a Dec. 4 interview, while returning from the Reagan National Defense Forum, Work described four general types of deputies, each defined by the relationship with their boss. 

Read the full article at Defense News.

  • Loren DeJonge Schulman

    Deputy Director of Studies

    Loren DeJonge Schulman is the Deputy Director of Studies and the Leon E. Panetta Senior Fellow at the Center for a New American Security. Her research interests include nation...