Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich and several others were appointed to the Defense Policy Board on Monday, according to Pentagon head Christopher C. Miller.
Amongst the other appointees are, Thomas Carter, Edward Luttwak, Scott O’Grady, Thomas Stewart, Randy Forbes, Robert Smith, and Charles Glazer were appointed to the Defense Policy Board, Miller said.
“Today, I’m proud to announce the addition of these eight new members to the Department’s Defense Policy Board,” Miller said in a statement on Dec. 14. “These incoming members bring extensive defense and national security affairs experience to this advisory committee from their time in Congress, the State Department, our armed forces, and beyond. I’m confident the Department of Defense will benefit greatly from their time and service to the board.”
The Defense Policy Board is a federal advisory committee that typically consists of former high profile national security officials who, according to the DOD website, “provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, independent, informed advice and opinions concerning matters of defense policy in response to specific tasks from the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense.”
In late November, Miller removed a number of former board members, including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, as well as former House Intelligence Committee member Jane Harman and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Over the past month or so, President Donald Trump has been making shakeups at the DOD, including the appointment of Miller. Miller was named acting DOD secretary after former Secretary Mark Esper was fired by the president several days after the Nov. 3 election.
Trump and Miller also removed members of the Defense Business Board—which provides Pentagon leaders with advice on business management—and on Dec. 9, the DOD announced that China policy expert Michael Pillsbury will serve as chairman of the Defense Policy Board, and former administrator of the National Nuclear Security Administration, Lisa Gordon-Hagerty, will also be a member.