On Thursday, the White House unveiled a sweeping plan to build new Navy ships by drastically cutting Army and Air Force priorities. The same day, the Pentagon said it was considering withdrawing support for all CIA counterterrorism missions early next year.
The changes are likely to be short-lived after President-elect Joe Biden arrives in the West Wing. But in the meantime, the moves could hamstring the incoming team.
“At best, these distract from an orderly transition and at worst are a deliberate attempt to box in or hobble the incoming administration,” said Mark Jacobson, a former senior Defense official in the Obama administration and historian of special operations now at Syracuse University’s Maxwell School.
The transition declined to comment on what Biden plans to do about the Pentagon’s recent changes. The National Security Council referred questions to the Defense Department, which also declined to comment.
The administration on Thursday announced an ambitious…
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