The Secretary of Defense
I announced that I had planned to empower the Secretary of Defense to coordinate and enact military policy on behalf of the Executive Branch. I still plan to do this. In a way, I will be vesting all the powers of the Executive Branch with regards to military policy into a new and revamped Department of Defense. I have a few reasons for doing this, the biggest being that it depoliticizes the military. Military officials made very justified claims about the ability of a President to act as military overlord or anything similar. That should never be the intent of any President, nor any Secretary of Defense. The goal should be to work in concert with the Chairman in setting long term military policy and achieving targets together. The Secretary will be the President’s senior civilian military adviser and will act with Presidential authority when the President is not present. Vice President Ligtreb will be instrumental in this process as well.
As Secretary, I have chosen current USWP President and former JCS member Hadrian X. In remarking that the Secretary needs to walk the fine line between civilian experience and military experience, Hadrian was the first person I thought of. We have been friends ever since my days in the Army over a year ago and I consider him one of this nation’s foremost statesmen. This will be the only cabinet position I release before the election, but I chose to do so because of it’s importance in my administration.
The biggest question I’ve received in private is asking me why I’m running and why I don’t step aside to let newer players run. I’m not running because of some pseudo-heroic sense of honor or anything like it, but I did receive several requests asking me to run. I surveyed the field, looked at our challenges, and decided to try my hand at fixing them. It’s how I’ve always decided my fate in this game. However, an old person like me running lends an unique opportunity. As a former President, I can see what it takes to become President and help to nurture that in newer players. For an example, in my first Presidential term, there were the following future Presidents:
Emerick, Gaius Julius, PigInZen, Woxan, Jewitt. Also included were Cromstar and Pfeiffer, future Speakers of the House; Tiacha, a future JCS member; Joseph Schmo, a future Secretary of Defense.
This is not to say I take credit for making all of those players what they are. First and foremost, their hard work got them to where they are/were at. However, I specifically made a close mentor-mentee relationship with PigInZen and Woxan. Gaius Julius and I were close. Pfeiffer would probably argue I gave him his first shot. In my second term, I gave Krems his first big shot as Chief of Staff. He was President a few months later, right after Chocolate McSkittles, who I gave a shot as my Vice President. I believe I have a talent, because of my experience, to pick and place players where they will be successful. New players like HobbitTon will play a vital role in my administration; I have already told him I want his help. Hopefully, with the proper mix of new and old, we can nurture the next generation of great American leaders.
To this end, I am taking cabinet applications. Apply within: https://spreadsheets.google.com/viewform?formkey=dEZtcExsbGdlZGxSNmlldXRrLWllcFE6MQ
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