17 Feb '17, 9am

Mattis is 'alone' in plans to boost defense budget, says House Armed Services Committee chairman

Three weeks into the Trump administration, roughly 75 percent of political appointee jobs inside the Defense Department were vacant, and there were 16 holdovers from the Obama administration, including Deputy Secretary of Defense Bob Work and the three acting secretaries of the military departments. In a statement responding to Thornberry's remarks, Navy Capt. Jeff Davis, a DoD spokesman, said Work "plays an important role in working with the services to develop our budget inputs, and he does so in accordance with the guidance and direction of Secretary Mattis." Mattis has given Work his "full trust and confidence," Davis said.

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