The Defense Department on Friday said that 11 members of its Defense Policy Board — including former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger and Madeleine Albright — had been removed.
“As part of long-considered changes, we can confirm that several members of the Department’s Defense Policy Board have been removed,” a U.S. Defense official told Fox News.
Foreign Policy said 11 high-profile advisers were ousted from the board, including Kissinger and Albright, as well as former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
The purge was done quietly earlier this week, on the eve of Thanksgiving.
Also ousted include:
- Former Treasury undersecretary David McCormick, who served during the George W. Bush administration
- Rudy De Leon, a former chief operating officer at the Pentagon
- Retired Adm. Gary Roughead
- Onetime ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee Jane Harman
- Former deputy Attorney General Jamie Gorelick
- Chief US nuclear negotiator Robert Joseph
- Former Deputy National Security Advisor JD Crouch II
- Former top defense official Franklin Miller.
The status of the other two members on the board was unclear.
“I am grateful to the departing board members, many of whom have served for decades. As we adapt the Department for great power competition, I look forward to naming new board members in the coming days,” the official said.
However, until today (Nov. 28th), above figures are still in the list of “the Defense Policy Board members” on its website.
The mission of The Board is “through the Under Secretary of Defense for Policy (USD(P)), shall provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, independent, informed advice and opinions concerning matters of defense policy in response to specific tasks from the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense, or the USD(P), as set out in paragraph four of our charter.”
Foreign Policy reported that members of the Trump administration had tried to remake the board, including former Air Force fighter pilot Scott O’Grady and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich.