President Trump will nominate Army Chief of Staff Gen. Mark Milley to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the president tweeted on Saturday.
If confirmed by the Senate, Milley would replace Marine Gen. Joseph Dunford, who is slated to retire on Oct. 1. However, the president tweeted the “date of transition to be determined.”
It was not immediately clear whether the president meant that Dunford could retire earlier than expected.
“I am thankful to both of these incredible men for their service to our Country!” Trump tweeted.
As of Saturday morning, Trump had given no indications of exactly when Milley would take over for Dunford, if conformed.
“Gen. Dunford congratulates Gen. Milley on his selection as the nominee to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Dunford’s spokesman Air Force Col. Patrick Ryder. “He has served with Gen. Milley in peacetime and in combat and has the highest regard for his leadership.”
Trump picked Milley over the recommendation of Defense Secretary James Mattis, who preferred Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. David Goldfein for the job, the Washington Post reported.
When asked if Trump did not listen to Mattis on this matter, Chief Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White declined to discuss Mattis’ discussions with the resident.
“The secretary's advice and counsel to the president are private,” White told Task & Purpose on Friday.
The Pentagon issued a brief statement on Saturday acknowledging Trump's announcement that he would nominate Milley as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
"We are aware of the president's nomination and share his confidence for Gen. Mark Milley, chief of staff of the United States Army, to be the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff,” said Pentagon spokesman Air Force Lt. Col. Mike Andrews. “The Department of Defense remains fully focused on defending our nation.”
A small unmanned aerial vehicle built by service academy cadets is shown here flying above ground. This type of small UAV was used by cadets and midshipmen from the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy, during a Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency-sponsored competition at Camp Roberts, California, April 23-25, 2017. During the competition, cadets and midshipmen controlled small UAVs in "swarm" formations to guard territory on the ground at Camp Roberts. (U.S. Air Force photo)
Drones have been used in conflicts across the globe and will play an even more important role in the future of warfare. But, the future of drones in combat will be different than what we have seen before.
The U.S. military can set itself apart from others by embracing autonomous drone warfare through swarming — attacking an enemy from multiple directions through dispersed and pulsing attacks. There is already work being done in this area: The U.S. military tested its own drone swarm in 2017, and the UK announced this week it would fund research into drone swarms that could potentially overwhelm enemy air defenses.
I propose we look to the amoeba, a single-celled organism, as a model for autonomous drones in swarm warfare. If we were to use the amoeba as this model, then we could mimic how the organism propels itself by changing the structure of its body with the purpose of swarming and destroying an enemy.
Soldiers from 4th Squadron, 9th U.S. Cavalry Regiment "Dark Horse," 2nd Armored Brigade Combat Team, 1st Cavalry Division, are escorted by observer controllers from the U.S. Army Operational Test Command after completing field testing of the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle (AMPV) Sept. 24, 2018. (U.S. Army/Maj. Carson Petry)
The Army has awarded a $575 million contract to BAE Systems for the initial production of its replacement for the M113 armored personnel carriers the service has been rocking downrange since the Vietnam War.
President Donald Trump has formally outlined how his administration plans to stand up the Space Force as the sixth U.S. military service – if Congress approves.
On Tuesday, Trump signed a directive that calls for the Defense Department to submit a proposal to Congress that would make Space Force fall under Department of the Air Force, a senior administration official said.