James Miller, nominee to become the Defense Department’s policy chief, told a Senate panel Monday the U.S.’ plan to transfer responsibilities to Afghan forces is working, American Forces Press Service reports.
Miller told the Senate Armed Services Committee he supports President Obama’s troop reduction plan in Afghanistan and would continue to do so if selected to replace Michele Flournoy as the Pentagon’s top policy official.
If confirmed, he would be in charge of implementing the Obama administration’s new strategic guidance.
Miller said major priorities on his list include:
- Defeating al-Qaida
- Preventing Iran’s nuclear weapon acquisition
- Preparing for the fall of Syria’s Assad regime
- Preparing the U.S.’ role in the Arab Spring transformation
- Improving the U.S.’ posture in Asia-Pacific region
- Preparing for the new North Korean regime