President-elect Donald Trump has alot to consider. Rather, his running mate, Mike Pence, will be overwhelmed with vetting and working to fill a government under a short time period. But something that is almost independent from the planning is Secretary of Defense. Because a life of work and expertise is so finite compared to most politicians there are any so many who can fill the spot. Obviously, those who helped Trump get where he is will be considered. However, some relatively outsiders to the organic campaign might end up with the job. We will find out in the days to come and in the meantime here’s a review of the reported options.
Michael Flynn – we all know him from his interview at SOFREP, his book, life of service and as head of the DIA. However, his time at DIA puts him into a slightly different category than most other military men in the administration. I would bet he would go on to become National Security Advisor. That’s because he has been close to Trump and Trump might want that to continue to be the case. Time will tell.
Senator Jeff Sessions, Business Insider wrote “Another name being floated is Jeff Sessions, a Republican senator who has been in office since 1996. He supported the 2003 Iraq War and opposed the repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and the lifting of the ban on women serving in combat roles, foreshadowing major policy reversals he could potentially implement as Defense Secretary.
Sessions has personal military experience, having served as a Captain in the US Army Reserve for 13 years. He currently sits on the Senate Armed Services Committee and has been advising Trump on national security since March. “He would obviously be a very strong fit” for Defense Secretary, said Joe Kasper, the chief of staff for Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-Calif.).”