In a move to thwart anti-Trump elements within the Pentagon, acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, who reports directly to the president, says Special Operations Command (SOCOM) will now report directly to him.
SOCOM oversees the differing spec op forces of the various military branches when they need to work together for a joint operation.
Keep in mind that President Trump appointed Miller only last week to replace Mark Esper, who collided with the president over his recent decision to pull out of Afghanistan – and, interestingly, Miller’s background is in counterterrorism.
“I am here today to announce that I have directed the special operations civilian leadership to report directly to me instead of through the current bureaucratic channels,” Miller said during an unannounced visit to Fort Bragg, N.C., on Wednesday. “This historic step finalizes what Congress has authorized and directed and will put Special Operations Command on par with the military services for the first time.”