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James N. Mattis

Clearing the Way to Clear the Way for Secretary Mattis

As noted here, a law forbidding retired military officer from serving as Secretary of Defense until seven years after retirement currently stands in the way of the Mattis nomination, and will require fresh legislation to overcome.  Now the path towards obtaining that legislation is beginning to come into focus.

Annals of the Trump Administration

Annals of the Trump Administration #4: The Statute Needed for Gen. Mattis to be SecDef

Over at War on the Rocks, I have a post explaining that a new statute will be needed in order for General Mattis to serve as Secretary of Defense.  It's been done once before, with George Marshall during the Truman Administration.

Appointments, Confirmations & Budgets

Matthew Waxman to be the New NSA General Counsel

Shane Harris breaks the fabulous news over at the Daily Beast:

Matthew Waxman, a law professor and former senior national security official in the George W. Bush administration, has been tapped to be the next general counsel for the National Security Agency, sources familiar with the matter told The Daily Beast on Friday.

FISA

Two New FISA Court Judges Designated

From the FISC’s website:

“The Chief Justice has designated Judge James P. Jones of the United States District Court for the Western District of Virginia and Judge Thomas B. Russell of the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky to seven year terms on the U.S. Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court. Their terms will commence May 19, 2015, and will conclude on May 18, 2022. They will replace Judges Mary A. McLaughlin and James B. Zagel, whose terms expire May 18, 2015.”

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