A memo from acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Brian McKeon to his staff reporting on the interactions he had with the defense transition team was just made public. The memo explained that the goal of the Department of Defense (DoD) transition team was to acquire an understanding of the department’s structure, budget, priorities, challenges and risks. It went on to say that the transition team identified four defense priorities for the new President: developing a strategy to defeat/destroy ISIL; building a strong defense to include eliminating the caps on defense spending imposed by the Budget Control Act and improving the strength, size and readiness of the force; developing a comprehensive cyber strategy for the entire U.S. Government, and; finding ways of making defense more efficient. I have discussed the President-elect’s defense priorities and media’s reaction to them here.
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