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Retired Adm. William McRaven Quit Pentagon Board Days After Publishing Anti-Trump Op-Ed
Retired Navy Adm. William McRaven resigned from the Pentagon's Defense Innovation Board four days after the publication of an op-ed he wrote criticizing President Donald Trump.
McRaven's Aug. 20 resignation was first reported by Defense News on Thursday.
In it, the former leader of U.S. Special Operations Command wrote in defense of former CIA Director John Brennan, who had his security clearance revoked by the Trump administration the previous day, that it would be "an honor if you would revoke my clearance as well, so I can add my name to the list of men and women who have spoken up against your presidency."
"Your leadership, however, has shown little of these qualities," he added. "Through your actions, you have embarrassed us in the eyes of our children, humiliated us on the world stage and, worst of all, divided us as a nation."
Created in 2016 by former Defense Secretary Ash Carter, the DIB is comprised of various business, technology, and ex-military leaders, who offer recommendations and advice to senior Pentagon leaders "on innovative means to address future challenges," according to its website.
McRaven's photo and biography were removed from the DIB website. Pentagon spokesman Lt. Col. Mike Andrews confirmed McRaven's resignation in a written statement, saying, "The Department appreciates his service and contribution on the board."
Search efforts are underway to find a West Point cadet, who has gone missing along with his M4 carbine, the U.S. Military Academy announced on Sunday.
"There is no indication the Cadet poses a threat to the public, but he may be a danger to himself," a West Point news release says.
Academy officials do not believe the missing cadet has access to any magazines or ammunition, according to the news release, which did not identify the cadet, who is a member of the Class of 2021.
Three soldiers were killed and another three injured when their Bradley Fighting Vehicle rolled over during a training exercise at Fort Stewart in Georgia on Sunday morning, Army officials announced.
KABUL (Reuters) - U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper arrived in Afghanistan on Sunday in a bid to bring talks with the Taliban back on track after President Donald Trump abruptly broke off negotiations last month seeking to end the United States' longest war.
Esper's trip to Kabul comes amid questions about the United States' commitments to allies after a sudden withdrawal of U.S. troops from northeastern Syria and Trump's long-time desire to get out of foreign engagements.
Mark Esper is the third person after James Mattis and Patrick Shanahan to helm the Pentagon since Donald Trump became president, and he's apparently not making much of an impression on the commander-and-chief.
On Sunday, Trump sent a very real tweet on "Secretary Esperanto," which is either a reference to a constructed international language developed more than 130 years ago and only spoken on the PA system in Gattaca or an egregious instance of autocorrect.
This rifle could be a dark horse candidate for the Army's next-generation squad weapon — and you can snag one next year
The Army says it's settled on three defense contractors to battle it out to become the service's M4 carbine and M249 Squad Automatic Weapon replacements, but at least one other company is hoping that a bit of consumer approval could help upset the competition.