Senior civilians so far not affected by the recent purge include the Deputy Secretary of Defense Norquist and the Service Secretaries
— Ryan Browne (@rabrowne75) November 10, 2020
“That Ezra Cohen-Watnick is the acting undersecretary of defense for intelligence would be comical if it weren’t so terrifying,” said a former Trump NSC official.
— Spencer Ackerman (@attackerman) November 11, 2020
An apparent purge is underway at the Pentagon, as the Defense Department announced the departure of much of its senior leadership and welcomed hardcore MAGA-ites in their place.
Defense Secretary Mark Esper, fired by President Trump on Monday, was just the beginning. Also out are Esper’s chief of staff Jen Stewart and the Pentagon’s top officials for policy and intelligence, its most important directorates outside of acquisitions.