Patrick Shanahan—Acting Defense Secretary—has held his first ever national security meeting lately at the Pentagon. On his second day of the job, Shanahan updated senior leaders of the U.S. DoD (Department of Defense) that he plans to be with the national defense policy that ex-Secretary James Mattis started a year ago. The meeting—which was visited by the undersecretaries and the secretaries of the military services and other main officials—is a scheduled gathering that the defense secretary accomplishes two times a week. As reported by a DoD executive, Shanahan stated to attendees to concentrate on the national defense plan and to “put this effort going on.”
In recent time, Shanahan also visited his first White House cabinet meeting. After, the resignation of ex-secretary—James Mattis—on December 20, 2018, over the policy differences with Trump, Shanahan became acting secretary on January 1, 2019. David Norquist—Pentagon’s CFO and Comptroller—for time being will do the regular tasks of deputy secretary of defense along with duties as comptroller. The DoD executive said that Shanahan plans to keep the department encouraged to succeed in “huge power competition” similar to Mattis. He also said that China is a “prime focus,” but did not cite Russia.
Recently, the U.S. DoD was also in news as the department seeks information regarding potential support sources for the security clearance process. The DoD has circulated a plea for data on potential contractors that can apply supple development techniques to direct a new information technology system constructed to aid the background investigation process, Bloomberg reported. Now, the DoD is searching for contractors that can assist scale and oversee novel IT platforms for the NBIS (National Background Investigation System) through responsive development techniques and tools.