Retired Marine Applies Brake on Senior Officer Overhaul

Philpott, Tom
July 2003
U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings;Jul2003, Vol. 129 Issue 7, p108
Conference Proceeding
It is no great surprise that the U.S. Congress decided to move with some caution on Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's plan for overhauling management of general and flag officers delaying action probably until the year 2004. The surprise was discovering which lawmaker finally would influence House members to act more deliberately on the package despite pressure from the Bush administration for swift approval. That lawmaker was representative John Kline of Minnesota, a Republican freshman who had spent only four months in Congress at the time. Drawing on his 25 years of experience as a Marine Corps officer Kline concluded that Rumsfeld's officer management reform package actually "would do several bad things."


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