Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich and several others were appointed to the Defense Policy Board, according to Pentagon head Christopher C. Miller.
In addition to Gingrich, Thomas Carter, Edward Luttwak, Scott O’Grady, Thomas Stewart, Randy Forbes, Robert Smith, and Charles Glazer were appointed to the Defense Policy Board, Miller said.
The Defense Policy Board is a federal advisory committee that typically consists of former high profile national security officials who, according to the DOD website, "provide the Secretary of Defense and the Deputy Secretary of Defense, independent, informed advice and opinions concerning matters of defense policy in response to specific tasks from the Secretary of Defense, the Deputy Secretary of Defense."
In late November, Miller removed a number of former board members, including former Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright and Henry Kissinger, as well as former House Intelligence Committee member Jane Harman and former House Majority Leader Eric Cantor.
Over the past month or so, President Donald Trump has been making shakeups at the DOD, including the appointment of Miller. Miller was named acting DOD secretary after former Secretary Mark Esper was fired by the president several days after the Nov. 3 election.
The head of the Pentagon’s Defeat ISIS Task Force, Christopher Maier, also resigned on Nov. 30, according to reports.
On Nov. 18, Miller made an announcement to troops at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, that he has directed the assistant secretary of defense for special operations and low-intensity conflict to report directly to him. Such a move will allow the DOD to be ahead of the "great power competition with Russia and China as well as combating transnational threats," the DOD's website states.
The shakeup at the DOD drew criticism from Democratic members of Congress in November.