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Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute and Mark Cancian, senior adviser at the International Security Program at CSIS, discuss Gen. Hyten’s confirmation hearing, and the revolving door in leadership roles at the DoD.

The Department of Defense has had an interesting year so far, as they are finally filling some high-profile vacancies at the Pentagon. Chris Preble, vice president for defense and foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, says that continuing to fill the empty roles will increase stability in what has been a turbulent few years for leadership continuity.

“I agree that trying to get stability by filling the holes is a good sign and should lead to greater civilian input in national security that is important”, Preble told Government Matters.

The revolving door should slow down soon, too, says Mark Cancian, senior adviser at the International Security Program at CSIS, because positions are being filled by people who are already in lesser leadership roles and have been vetted.

“What you see at this time in the administration, new people tend to be in the administration and end up be deputies that are stepping up or moving a new position and you are not trying to bring someone from the outside which is a lengthy process,” Cancian said.

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