National Security Adviser: This position is pretty straight up, he is the chief in-house advisor to the President on national security issues.
Retired Army lieutenant general Mike Flynn has been chosen for this position. Senate confirmation is not necessary for this positon so he most probably will get it. Flynn served as the commander of the Joint Functional Component Command for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance, chair of the Military Intelligence Board, Assistant Director of National Intelligence and the senior intelligence officer for the Joint Special Operations Command. He retired with 33 years’ service in the army.
Flynn is the author of “The Field of Fight: How We Can Win the Global War Against Radical Islam and Its Allies” Part of his world view is described as an insistence on destroying what he sees as an alliance of tyranny, dictatorships, and radical Islamist regimes, and at the same time support for working with “friendly tyrants”. He is hated by the anti-islamophobia crew, as he has said that Islam is a political ideology hiding behind a religion, and that it’s a cancer. He also tweeted “fear of Muslims is rational”. He was also once Vladimir Putin’s guest at a dinner.
Deputy National Security Adviser: Is the deputy to the National Security Advisor.
Donald Trump has chosen KT McFarland. Her government career began while she was a freshman at George Washington University, working part-time in the White House Situation Room typing the President’s Daily Brief. She spent seven years 1970-76 in the West Wing of the White House, working her way up to become a member of Henry Kissinger’s National Security Council staff. After the Ford Administration, McFarland studied at Oxford University (BA, MA) in Politics, Philosophy and Economics, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with concentrations on nuclear weapons, China, and the Soviet Union. She returned during the Reagan Administration as a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee staff. Then, in President Ronald Reagan’s administration, she served as the speechwriter for Secretary of Defense Caspar Weinberger from 1982 to 1985 and later as the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs and Pentagon spokesperson. Lessons from the 1983 Beirut barracks bombings and reflections of military officers with experiences from the 1970s led to a November 1984 speech by the Defense Secretary. The Weinberger Doctrine, as it came to be called, laid out the Reagan administration’s policy regarding use of force: In essence, only go to war if it is in America’s vital national interest, and then only to win.
Most recently, McFarland has been serving as a Fox News national security analyst.
Secretary of Defense: The Secretary of Defense’s power over the United States military is second only to that of the President. He is the head of the Pentagon, he basically runs the army.
Trump has nominated decorated retired Marine Corps general James “Mad Dog” Mattis. He served in the Gulf War, Afghanistan, and Iraq. Mattis supports a two-state solution model for Israel-Palestinian peace. He says the current situation in Israel is “unsustainable” and argues that the settlements harm prospects for peace and could theoretically lead to an apartheid-like situation in the West Bank. believes that Iran is the principal threat to the stability of the Middle East, ahead of Al-Qaeda and ISIS. Mattis says: “I consider ISIS nothing more than an excuse for Iran to continue its mischief. Iran is not an enemy of ISIS. They have a lot to gain from the turmoil in the region that ISIS creates.” On the Iran nuclear deal, although he sees it as a poor agreement, he believes there is now no way to tear it up, saying: “We are just going to have to recognize that we have an imperfect arms control agreement. Second, that what we achieved is a nuclear pause, not a nuclear halt”
General Mattis is extremely popular among the military community. He is a straight talking – no nonsense warrior. He is nicknamed “Mad Dog”.
He is a treasure trove of awesome quotes. For example: “You go into Afghanistan, you got guys who slap women around for five years because they didn’t wear a veil. You know, guys like that ain’t got no manhood left anyway. So, it’s a hell of a lot of fun to shoot them”, “Be polite, be professional, but have a plan to kill everybody you meet.”, “Now from a distance, I look back on what the Corps taught me: to think like men of action, and to act like men of thought!”, and “No war is over until the enemy says it’s over. We may think it over, we may declare it over, but in fact, the enemy gets a vote.”
However, there is a law against military men serving in the President’s cabinet within 7 years over after they leave the military. In order to get General Mattis confirmed, being that he only retired in 2013, the House and Senate will have to pass a law to allow for an exception to be made. Mattis is hard not to like, so Trump is betting on the law passing.