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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:31 PM
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Bush changed Order of Succession for DOD: Intel Sec. now #3
Acquisition, Technology, Logistics, Policy, and Intelligence posts edge out Army, Navy and Air Force.


Executive Order: Providing An Order of Succession Within the Department of Defense
http://www.whitehouse.gov/news/releases/2005/12/2005122...

By the authority vested in me as President by the Constitution and the laws of the United States of America, including the Federal Vacancies Reform Act of 1998, 5 U.S.C. 3345 et. seq., it is hereby ordered as follows:

Section 1. Subject to the provisions of section 3 of this order, the officers named in section 2, in the order listed, shall act as and perform the functions and duties of the office of the Secretary of Defense (Secretary) during any period when the Secretary has died, resigned, or is otherwise unable to perform the functions and duties of the office of Secretary.

Sec. 2. Order of Succession.

(a) Deputy Secretary of Defense;

(b) Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence;

(c) Under Secretary of Defense for Policy;

(d) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics;

(e) Secretary of the Army;

(f) Secretary of the Air Force;

(g) Secretary of the Navy;

(h) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness and the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller);

(i) Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology, Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness;

(j) General Counsel of the Department of Defense, the Assistant Secretaries of Defense, and the Director of Operational Test and Evaluation;

(k) Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Logistics and Material Readiness and the Director of Defense Research and Engineering;

(l) Under Secretaries of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force; and

(m) Assistant Secretaries of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, and General Counsels of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force.

Sec. 3. Exceptions. (a) No individual who is serving in an office listed in section 2(a)-(m) in an acting capacity shall act as Secretary pursuant to this order.

(b) Precedence among officers designated within the same subsection of section 2 of this order shall be determined by the order in which they have been appointed to such office by the President. Where officers designated within the same subsection of section 2 of this order are appointed on the same date, precedence will be determined by the order in which they have taken the oath to serve in that office.

(c) Notwithstanding the provisions of this order, the President retains discretion, to the extent permitted by law, to depart from this order in designating an acting Secretary.

Sec. 4. Judicial Review. This order is intended to improve the internal management of the executive branch and is not intended to, and does not, create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural, enforceable at law or in equity by any party against the United States, its departments, agencies, entities, officers, employees or agents, or any other person.

Sec. 5. Revocation. Executive Order No. 13000 of April 24, 1996, and the President's memorandum of June 2, 2005, entitled: "Order of Succession of Officers to Act as Secretary of Defense," are hereby revoked.

GEORGE W. BUSH

THE WHITE HOUSE,

December 22, 2005.


here's the old Order of Succession:


(1) Deputy Secretary of Defense.
(2) Secretary of the Army.
(3) Secretary of the Navy.
(4) Secretary of the Air Force.
(5) Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology.
(6) Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
(7) Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).
(8) Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness.
(9) Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology.
(10) Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Policy.
(11) Director of Defense Research and Engineering.
(12) The Assistant Secretaries of Defense, the Director of Operational
Test and Evaluation, and the General Counsel of the Department of Defense,
in the order fixed by their length of service as permanent appointees in
such positions.
(13) Under Secretaries of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, in
the order fixed by their length of service as permanent appointees in such
positions.
(14) Assistant Secretaries of the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force
whose appointments are vested in the President, and General Counsels of
the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force, in the order fixed by their length
of service as permanent appointees in such positions.
(b) In the event of the temporary absence or temporary disability of the
Secretary of Defense, the incumbents holding the Department of Defense
positions designated in paragraph (a) of this section, in the order indicated,
shall act for and exercise the powers of the Secretary of Defense as Acting
Secretary of Defense.
(1) In these instances, the designation of an Acting Secretary of Defense
applies only for the duration of the Secretarys absence or disability, and
does not affect the authority of the Secretary to resume the powers of
his office upon his return.
(2) In the event that the Secretary of Defense is temporarily absent
from his position, the Secretary may continue to exercise the powers and
fulfill the duties of this office during his absence, notwithstanding the provi-sions
of this order.
http://frwebgate.access.gpo.gov/cgi-bin/getdoc.cgi?dbna...

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global1 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:33 PM
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1. What Exactly Are The Implications of This EO?.....n/t
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:44 PM
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7. geez, I dunno
But, it would be relevant if something happened to Rummy. There would be his Deputy and the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in charge of the Pentagon. I think it reflects the Defense priorities of Bush or those of his surrogates. It does put the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence on a higher level of importance. In light of recent Intelligence abuses, this at least has a glimmer of interest.

The Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence post was established by Congress in, looks like, 2002.

from a hawkish Times article:

Possessing a doctorate in political science, Mr. Cambone, 52, began his career at Los Alamos National Laboratory in New Mexico. He is a missile-defense specialist who worked in the Pentagon as director for strategic defense policy in the first Bush administration, and served as staff director under Mr. Rumsfeld on the Commission to Assess the Ballistic Missile Threat to the United States, a presidential panel that concluded in 1998 that the intelligence committee had significantly underestimated the threat of possible missile attacks with nuclear or biological payloads.

Under Mr. Rumsfeld at the Pentagon, Mr. Cambone first served as principal deputy under secretary of defense for policy under Douglas J. Feith. He then took over the portfolio in charge of transforming the military, one of Mr. Rumsfeld's top priorities, and took on the intelligence post in March 2003.

http://www.nytimes.com/2004/05/12/politics/12cambone.ht...
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 03:40 PM
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12. In the intelligence wars, a pre-emptive strike
Edited on Fri Dec-23-05 03:46 PM by bigtree
Moves that matter
In the intelligence wars, a pre-emptive strike by the Pentagon surprises many in Congress

By Linda Robinson 8/12/02
http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/020812/archi...

Sen. Bob Graham was decidedly upset. It was June 22, another bad news day. The Senate Select Committee on Intelligence, which he chairs, along with its House counterpart, had just been raked over the coals by Vice President Cheney for allegedly leaking secret intercepts about the September 11 attacks. Now there was more bad news. The administration had promised not to propose any major intelligence reforms until the two congressional committees had finished their joint 9/11 inquiry. Yet the day before, June 21, the Pentagon quietly sent up a request to create a powerful new under secretary of defense for intelligence. The new position--which one official calls a "major intelligence reform"--was then inserted into a Senate defense bill and was headed for the full Congress's approval.
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The Pentagon's gambit has been such a brilliant stealth attack that many members of Congress aren't even aware it is happening, let alone what it means. No hearings have been held, and Pentagon officials portray it merely as an internal managerial matter with few broader implications. But intelligence officials and experts say that could not be further from the truth. The new under secretary position is a bureaucratic coup that accomplishes many Pentagon goals in one fell swoop.

The Pentagon's move pre-empts proposals that the intelligence committees--including the one Graham, a Florida Democrat, chairs--are expected to make at the conclusion of their inquiry. And by consolidating all the Pentagon's intelligence agencies under one high-level official, it virtually nullifies another radical reform proposal. That came from a presidential panel led by retired Lt. Gen. Brent Scowcroft, which in March recommended that three key Pentagon intelligence entities--the National Security Agency, the National Reconnaissance Office, and the National Imagery and Mapping Agency--be removed from the Department of Defense and placed under the control of the director of central intelligence (DCI).

>>>>The latest gambit illustrates the growing influence of Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, who had publicly criticized the Scowcroft plan. Worth noting: Scowcroft has long been a friend and adviser to the president's father, George H. W. Bush. More important, the new position increases the Pentagon's clout in intelligence matters. "He is creating another DCI for all practical purposes," says a senior intelligence official. That goes in the opposite direction from what many commissions and studies have recommended--and, indeed, where Congress was likely to go. For years, experts have proposed ways to give the DCI more, not less, control over the 13 disparate pieces of the intelligence apparatus, 85 percent of whose assets reside in the Defense Department. Since the September 11 attacks there is a new sense of urgency that the United States must get the intelligence structure right for fighting terrorism.

more: http://www.usnews.com/usnews/news/articles/020812/archi...
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EuroObserver Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:52 PM
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21. Intel promoted, Navy demoted. Interesting. n/t
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GreenPoet64 Donating Member (897 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:35 PM
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2. Does he have the power to do this? Why NOW? n/t
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tavalon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 06:26 PM
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22. I take it you didn't get the memo? (just kidding)
This "President" seems to believe he can do whatever the fuck he wants to. He talks to God. Hell, he is God in his fucked up, swiss cheesed coke addled brain.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 06:26 PM
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23. out of control
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GreenPoet64 Donating Member (897 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:36 PM
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3. Kicked & Recommended. Curious as to what this means. n/t
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Ani Yun Wiya Donating Member (639 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:39 PM
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4. Odd
And doing it on vacation as well.
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GreenPoet64 Donating Member (897 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 03:26 PM
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10. I agree it seems an odd thing to do on vacation. n/t
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troubleinwinter Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:41 PM
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5. Stephen A. Cambone
Stephen Cambone, Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfelds right-hand man, was for the first time caught in the glare of media attention as part of the congressional inquiry into Iraq prison abuses. (1) Under sharp questioning from senators on May 11, 2004, Cambone vigorously defended both Rumsfeld and Douglas Feith, the then-undersecretary of defense for policy. Cambones attempt to split hairs on whether the Geneva Conventions were applicable to intelligence gathering in Iraq and his awkward defense of the role of military intelligence in interrogations put him at odds with the U.S. Army general who first investigated abuses at Abu Ghraib prison.

As the first-ever undersecretary of defense for intelligence, Cambone will likely come under increased fire as the prison scandal unfolds. Some of the most intense questioning of Cambone centered on whether the Geneva Conventions were precisely respected. What precisely Cambone knew and when he knew it, and what precisely was the role of military intelligence will be questions that Cambone will be required to answer.

Cambone was director of strategic defense policy during the Bush I administration, working under then-Defense Secretary Cheney. A long-time a promoter of missile defense systems, Cambone went on to serve as the staff director of the two congressional commissionsone on missile defense and another on space weaponschaired by Donald Rumsfeld in the late 1990s.

The two Rumsfeld commissions focused on the issues at the top of the wish lists of national security militarists and large military contractors: the ballistic missile threat to the United States and U.S. space-based defense capabilities. In the tradition of Team B, the unstated agenda of these commissions was to turn up pressure on the administration to support new weapons programs and substantially increase major military spending. (2) Both commissions received funding from defense spending billsin effect using taxpayer revenues to subsidize them. But perusing the backgrounds and connections of the individuals charged with overseeing the commissions, Rumsfeld and his right-hand man Stephen Cambone, most observers at the time believed that the conclusions were preordained.

After Rumsfeld was named defense secretary, he made Cambone his special assistant. Then, in March 2003 Cambone was appointed the first-ever undersecretary for intelligencea position that will allow the Defense Department to consolidate its intelligence programs in a way that could undermine CIA head George Tenets role, one defense analyst noted. (3) While Cambone was directing the two Rumsfeld commissions, he also participated in two national security strategy and military transformation commissions sponsored by the Project for the New American Century (PNAC) and the National Institute for Public Policy (NIPP). The institutes 2001 report, Rationale and Requirements for Nuclear Forces and Arms Control, and PNACs Rebuilding Americas Defenses were blueprints for Rumsfelds promised revolution in military affairs. Several other PNAC associates, in addition to Rumsfeld himself, also served on the Rumsfeld commissions, including Paul Wolfowitz, Malcolm Wallop, William Schneider, Jr., and James Woolsey. Both the NIPP and PNAC studies seem to have served as blueprints for the defense policies initiated by the administration of George W. Bush with respect to nuclear policy, national security strategy, and military transformation.

http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/1066

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Skidmore Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 02:44 PM
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6. This makes me physically ill.
I thought succession was set by the Constitution.
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tx_dem41 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 03:08 PM
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9. Succession of the Presidency is...this is just the succession within
DOD.
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seafan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 03:39 PM
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11. That's what I thought too. Is this yet another *flout of the Constitution?
From troubleinwinter's post above:

After Rumsfeld was named defense secretary, he made Cambone his special assistant. Then, in March 2003 Cambone was appointed the first-ever undersecretary for intelligencea position that will allow the Defense Department to consolidate its intelligence programs in a way that could undermine CIA head George Tenets role, one defense analyst noted.(3)


IMHO, this is why the succession of power has been changed by *'s Executive Order: Cheney and Rummy have always wanted to undermine and destroy the CIA's intelligence gathering apparatus. They have long fantasized of reworking all intelligence operations and shifting all control of them to the Pentagon. And Cheney and Rummy do NOT want any upstart GENERALS interfering with their plans, for heaven's sake.

So * has removed the Secretary of the Army from the #2 position and pushed down to #5; * removed the Secretary of the Navy from the #3 position and pushed down to #7; * removed the Secretary of the Air Force from the #4 position and pushed down to #6.

* moved the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy up to #3 (from #6) and the Undersecretary of Defense for Acquisition and Technology up to #4 (from #5).

And the stunning insertion of a brand new Undersecretary for Intelligence, Stephen Cambone, to NUMBER 2.


So, in a nutshell, * elevated the succession of power to those holding positions for intelligence, policy decisions and acquiring vast amount of warring equipment. And he demoted the others who represent the Armed Forces. *, Cheney and Rummy just want to fight their illegal wars from the comfort of their video screens and joysticks.

We need to send this info about *'s Executive Order creating this new line of succession to our Reps/Senators. According to OUR CONSTITUTION, * may not have the power to do what he thinks he does.



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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:11 PM
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15. "in a nutshell"
"Cheney and Rummy just want to fight their illegal wars from the comfort of their video screens and joysticks."

spot.
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GreenPoet64 Donating Member (897 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 03:04 PM
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8. Kick.
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nashville_brook Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 03:59 PM
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13. Cambone profile
http://rightweb.irc-online.org/profile/1066

SDI, data-mining, PNAC -- Cambone's an all-star bad guy.
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yodermon Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:01 PM
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14. more baby steps toward fascism, n/t
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Dunvegan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:12 PM
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16. Looks like a succession cut-out around the DoD for an appointed insider
...to take over when/if Rumsfeld retires/is booted/is indited/is jailed.

Aren't these deputy positions appointed positions, while the secretaries and under-secretaries of the Army, Navy, and Air Force are career military people who have been around long before the neo-con power grab?

This new succession hierarchy keeps the power with appointees that are "inside the family"...the "Bush Crime Family" that is.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:33 PM
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19. could be that the rank and file military has resisted his muckraking
and he's attempting to form a power structure more amenable to his war on America.
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hiley Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:20 PM
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17. wtf?
IS the dictator up too?
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 11:21 PM
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24. making room for Cambone
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Beam Me Up Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:33 PM
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18. Rummy gon' down? Under what circumstances would this be implemented?
yagodawunder

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BrotherBuzz Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Dec-23-05 04:43 PM
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20. Rummy augers in on approach to the Baghdad airport....
for one of his surprise visits? Here's hoping Chalabi would be on board, too.
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bigtree Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Dec-24-05 03:45 AM
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25. .
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