US Top Military Positions Are Confirmed Without Leaders, Chief of Naval Operations Position Delayed
The absence of leaders in three positions within the US military, including Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday’s departure along with the retirements of the heads of the Army and Marine Corps without confirmed successors, is raising significant worries about military readiness and effectiveness.
Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday Left His Post, Delay in Filling the Position Caused by Senate’s Approval
For the first time in history, three top positions in the US military are without confirmed leaders, causing significant concern. According to KSLTV, Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Mike Gilday has left his post, and his replacement, Adm. Lisa Franchetti, is waiting for Senate approval. This situation follows the retirements of the heads of the Army and Marine Corps without confirmed successors.
The delay in confirming Adm. Franchetti on her position as the new Chief of Naval Operations is due to Republican Sen. Tommy Tuberville’s objection to Pentagon reproductive health policies, which he believes break the law, as reported.
Adm. Lisa Franchetti, Currently the Acting Chief of Naval Operations, Pentagon Officials Worried For National Security
According to CNN, Adm. Franchetti is temporarily serving as acting Chief of Naval Operations until her confirmation is secured. This situation has raised worries about the military’s readiness and effectiveness.
Pentagon officials, including Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin, have repeatedly warned that the delay of the Chief of Naval Operations vacancy could harm national security, as reported. Despite this, Sen. Tuberville has stood firm, insisting that he’s not blocking appointments but pushing for separate votes on each nominee. With more than 600 military officers awaiting confirmation and no resolution in sight, the absence of confirmed leadership raises questions about the military’s ability to function effectively and maintain its readiness.