Mattis has told his top uniformed general staff to become more vocal with good reason…
He wants them to tell the Congress what they want and need…
That’;s the way it has been done in the past…But…Mattis HIMSELF spends little time asking for stuff and most of the time cleaning up behind his boss Donald Trump…
General’s, who are political animals and solders have to be wary about getting on the wrong side of a Commander-in-Chief who campaigned with a slogan that he ‘knew more’ then the general’s….
They don’t have the luxury of Mattis, who it appears is the only staff member that Trump will let counter his tweeter comments….
On Friday, Defense Secretary Jim Mattis instructed top commanders to speak to the media more freely, Defense Onehas learned.
The secretary is hoping to end a misperception among some senior leaders that they should keep quiet, in part because he wants them to speak up on the looming budget battle in Congress, according to a senior defense official.
Mattis gave his guidance at Friday’s closed-door Senior Leadership Conference, a Pentagon gathering of generals and admirals that includes the combatant commanders, or COCOMs, who are the senior officers in the U.S. military chain of command.
“Communications is the job of the commander, not just the PAO,” Mattis told a roomful of 4-stars, according to a description of the meeting by Pentagon press secretary Dana White. She offered that description in an email sent Friday to the top public affairs officers of the U.S. military’s combatant commands, including at NATO, in Brussels; Central Command, in Tampa; and Pacific Command, in Hawaii.
“I realize there may be a perception that we have been keeping the media at arm’s length, but that is not the case and we’re doing our best to dispel that rumor and continue to be transparent with our press corps,” White said in the email. “Please communicate to your respective senior leaders that we want them to feel free, even obligated, to speak, in their lane, about their efforts and to use our OSD PA [Office of the Secretary of Defense Public Affairs] team resources to help along the way.”….