President Trump has nominated U.S. Air Force Lt. Gen. Glen VanHerck, director of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, to lead the U.S. Northern Command (USNORTHCOM) and the North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD). VanHerck will receive the rank of general upon his confirmation for the role, the Department of Defense (DoD).Read More »
Gen. Mark Milley has assumed the role of chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff during a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Virginia.Read More »
Senate has approved Ryan McCarthy and Gen. John Hyten as Army secretary and vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, respectively. McCarthy served as Army undersecretary as well as the service’s acting secretary following the nomination of 2019 Wash100 Award winner Mark Esper as defense secretary this summer, Defense News reported Thursday.Read More »
resident Trump will nominate Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, to serve as the next chief of naval operations, the Wall Street Journal reported Wednesday. A U.S. official said the president approved Gilday’s nomination for the post during a meeting with Navy officials at the White House on Wednesday.Read More »
Vice Adm. Michael Gilday, director of the Joint Staff, has emerged as one of the top contenders for the role of chief of naval operations, Defense News reported Tuesday. Sources said Gilday would bring his experience in cyber warfare to the role if he were to be nominated and confirmed. He is former head of U.S. Fleet Cyber Command and 10th Fleet.Read More »
The Space Development Agency looks to use rapid acquisition authorities for satellite communications capabilities to establish a low-Earth orbit constellation, Space News reported Tuesday. Gen. Paul Selva, vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, said during a breakfast meeting that the armed forces need “ubiquitous communications” that an LEO constellation can provide.Read More »
Deputy Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan has released a memo that lays out the Defense Department’s plan to establish by 2020 a new “space force” that would serve as the country’s sixth service branch, SpaceNews reported Thursday. John Rood, defense undersecretary for policy, will work with the Joint Staff, military services’ secretaries and DoD’s legislative office to come up with a legislative proposal for the new space force for submission to the Office of Management and Budget by Dec. 1, according to a copy of the Monday memo obtained by the publication.
President Trump has nominated U.S. Marine Corps Lt. Gen. Kenneth McKenzie, Joint Staff director, for promotion to the rank of general and assignment as commander of U.S. Central Command, the Defense Department said Wednesday. The corpsman commanded the 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit in Afghanistan and Iraq missions from 2004 to 2006.Read More »