Pentagon Turmoil

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Controversial retired Brig. Gen. Anthony Tata is being moved into the Pentagon's top policy role, taking over the duties of James Anderson, who resigned Tuesday, according to a US defense official.

President Trump has installed a National Security Council official and former congressional aide as chief of staff to new acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller as he continues to shake up the Pentagon’s top ranks in his final months in office, officials familiar with the matter said.

Anthony Tata, a retired brigadier general whose nomination for a top Pentagon job collapsed this summer due to Islamophobic tweets and other controversial statements, began overseeing policy for the Defense Department on Tuesday.

Donald Trump's abrupt firing of Pentagon Secretary Mark Esper has sparked fears that he could be about to launch military operations against Iran. 

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