Saturday, June 11, 2011

The changing face of defense

After he replaced Donald Rumsfeld during the Bush administration and after being asked to stay on by President Obama, the Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, a former director of the CIA will take another stab at retirement on June 30th. Gates will be replaced by current CIA Director Leon Panetta who has already vowed to put National Security and the troops first.

Behind POTUS, [Left to Right] Director Panetta, Gen. Petraeus and Lt.Gen. Allen

Panetta’s vacated position in the CIA will be filled by retiring US Army General David Petraeus, currently in command of the International Security Assistance Force and U.S. Forces Afghanistan, a post he was given following the General McChrystal scandal.

Yesterday, President Obama formally nominated Marine Corps Lt. Gen. John Allen, USMC to receive a fourth star and serve as the next commander of ISAF and U.S. Forces Afghanistan following Petraeus’ departure.

Later in October Navy Admiral Mike Mullen, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff will also retire. It was originally expected that current Vice Chairman, Marine Corps General James Cartwright, a “favourite” of the Obama administration would take Adm. Mullen’s place, but a minor controversy involving a female adjutant which came to light earlier may have removed the Marine from consideration and ended the USMC’s occupation of one of the two top military seats for 12 years. Instead, the relatively new Chief Of Staff of the US Army, General Martin Dempsey has been nominated to ascend to the Chairman’s position.

[Left to Right] Gen. Dempsey, Adm. Winnefeld, Gen. Odinero

Navy Admiral James Winnefeld, Jr., will leave his position as Commander, U.S. Northern Command and Commander, NORAD to assume the #2 job as Vice Chairman.

Army General Raymond Odinero [the man who famously shaved Steven Colbert’s head last summer], current commander of the soon to be decommissioned US Joint Forces Command will be promoted to replace Gen. Dempsey as Chief of Staff for the US Army.

Also due to the shock resignation of UNETIDA’s Director of Intelligence, Général de Brigade “Escargot” Delacroix of france following a necrophilia scandal; President Obama has forwarded Marine Corps Colonel “Whopper” Creedon’s name to the UN Security Council in New York as prospective replacement.

Col. Creedon and Brig. Gen Jackson

This follows his earlier forwarding of UNETIDA's Missile Defence Commander [Northern], Air Force Brigadier General "Ballista" Jackson's name to replace RAF Air Vice Marshall "Albatross" Davenport III once his term as UNETIDA Director is up in September.


Constance said...

CarefulCreedon! You'll never get the job if you don't stop sending me photos of "the little colonel."

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

What!??! There's nothing "little" abou... - ER... I mean I was hacked!!!! Call the FBI!...

...Sigh, I'll prepare the Press Conference....

Master Guns said...

What a difference a raid makes:

Following Bin Laden's elimination. Panetta who ochestrated the raid gets SecDef.

King David provided the launch platform and ground work so he gets CIA.

Bill McRaven the JSOC commander provided the assault teams and is likely to get a 4th star and head SOCOM after Adm. Olsen.

But Creedon becoming Intel Director of anything scares the living piss out of me!

Lieutenant General Creedon said...

UPDATE: The Senate Armed Services Committee has approved Leon Panetta to be the next Secretary of Defense.

The vote was unanimous and the nomination is now set for full Senate floor consideration.

Committee Chairman Sen. Carl Levin, said he expects Panetta to be confirmed and in place by the time the current secretary, Robert Gates, retires at the end of the month.