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Rood’s departure signals degradation of US policymaking, say analysts

21st February 2020 - 13:00 GMT | by Jason Sherman in Washington DC


US President Donald Trump ousted the Pentagon’s top policy official this week, in a move that analysts say signals a ‘degradation’ of Washington’s national security policymaking apparatus.

It also raises questions about who might be willing to fill the vacant post. 

On 19 February, Under Secretary of Defense for Policy John Rood – who last year certified that Ukraine’s anti-corruption activities justified release of security assistance to Kiev – tendered his resignation at the behest of the White House. 

‘It’s my understanding from [Defense] Secretary [Mark] Esper that you requested my resignation,’ Rood wrote in a one-page letter to Trump.

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Jason Sherman


Jason Sherman

Jason Sherman is a US-based journalist. Since 1994, he has covered the Pentagon, defence industry, …

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