Nov. 10 (UPI) — Anthony Tata, a retired brigadier general whose nomination for a top Pentagon job was abruptly canceled in July, has stepped into the role of acting policy chief for the Department of Defense following the resignation of James Anderson Tuesday.
Politico first reported that Anderson, who was confirmed in June as the second-in-command policy official but had been acting in the top job, had resigned.
“I am particularly grateful to have been entrusted with leading the dedicated men and women of Policy, who play a key role in our Nation’s security,” Anderson wrote in his letter of resignation. “Now, as ever, our long-term success depends on adhering to the U.S. Constitution all public servants swear to support and defend.”
Tata had been performing as second in command for policy, is now overseeing the Pentagon’s policy department.
The shakeup follows President Donald Trump’s Monday firing of Defense Secretary Mark Esper via a Twitter message announcing that Christopher C. Miller, National Counterterrorism Center director, will replace him.
Trump nominated Tata to serve as undersecretary of defense for policy earlier this year, but the July confirmation hearing was canceled at the last minute amid reports that the Senate was not likely to confirm him.
Tata had faced criticism for past remarks, including calling former President Barack Obama “a terrorist leader,” but has been serving as the acting deputy undersecretary for policy since August.
Anderson had been serving as the acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy since the February firing of John Rood.