Acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller issued a memo on Saturday to the entire Defense Department that hinted of a coming U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.
The two-page memo was released early Saturday morning, just after midnight, in his first department-wide message after being appointed by President Donald Trump earlier this week. Miller took the place of Mark Esper, who was fired for resisting Trump on a number of issues.
He spoke of continuing to transform the department in order to compete in a “new strategic environment,” which requires “changes in organizations, skills, and decision-making processes.
“We will continue to aggressively challenge established paradigms, maintain and modify those that have value, and courageously discard those that have run their course,” he wrote.
He said the U.S. must continue to defeat al Qaida, the terrorist organization responsible for the September 11, 2001, attacks, but appeared to differentiate it from wars that require a