Fletcher in the News

Dean Stavridis Comments on the Appointment of New Deputy Secretary of Defense

Foreign Policy

Dean Stavridis The Fletcher School

Meet the Man Who Will Be Slashing the Pentagon's Bloated Budget

After months of feverish speculation about who would succeed Ash Carter as the Pentagon's No. 2, former Marine colonel and current think tank chief Bob Work appears to have won the job and gone into pre-nomination mode, declining invitations to give speeches or take part in other public events -- a sure sign in Washington that someone's about to get the nod.

Work, the chief executive officer of the Center for a New American Security, will be nominated by the White House as the new deputy secretary of defense by the end of the week, possibly Thursday, U.S. officials tell Foreign Policy. That will leave Work with one of the most difficult jobs imaginable: slashing the Pentagon's bloated budget and pushing back against the powerful lawmakers and senior military officials who will do all they can to preserve the status quo.

Work will have three things on his plate, said Jim Stavridis, a retired four-star admiral who now serves as the dean of Tufts University's Fletcher School: "The budget, the budget and the budget."…

… Stavridis and Work served together as aides to then-Navy Secretary Richard Danzig in the late 1990s; Stavridis was the Navy aide and Work was the Marine one. The two have known each other since 1989. Danzig, meanwhile, served as the chairman of the CNAS board until recently and was instrumental in Work's appointment to run the think tank.

"[Work] does not operate on emotion, he operates on the numbers and then he applies his own intelligence to the numbers to make, I think, excellent recommendations," Stavridis said.

Read the full piece

Follow us on Twitter