Saturday, June 9, 2007

An Admiral to Head US Military

The Pentagon announced today that Admiral Michael Mullen, currently Chief of Naval Operations, will become Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

The selection of Admiral Mullen to head the US military came only three months after another senior naval officer, Admiral William Fallon, was selected to head the US Central Command (CENTCOM). The area of operation for CENTCOM includes the Middle East and the Persian Gulf.

The top two military officers with responsibilities over any US military operation in the region are now navy admirals. The on-going conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan are, however, ground wars. These selections must indicate that the Pentagon is thinking more about Iran and is selecting commanders best suited to manage future conflicts in the Persian Gulf. Admiral Mullen during his long career has commanded a guided missile destroyer, a guided missile cruiser and an aircraft carrier strike group. He became the chief of navy in September 2005.

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