WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis plans to remove the Pentagon’s chief management officer from his post for a “lack of performance,” according to several officials, in a setback to a Trump administration push for efficiency and military modernization.
John Gibson became the Pentagon’s first-ever chief management officer, or CMO, earlier this year as part of a reorganization aimed at finding ways to cut the costs of programs and put the savings toward modernization efforts. He was nominated by President Donald Trump, then confirmed by the Senate in February.
Gibson, a former aerospace CEO, is third in command at the Pentagon, behind Mattis and Deputy Defense Secretary Pat Shanahan. His expected removal hasn’t been previously disclosed.
More than a month ago, Gibson was told by Shanahan that Pentagon leaders weren’t satisfied with the results of his work, the officials said. But the administration did not have a ready candidate to replace him at the time, they said. Gibson remains in his job for now, but his duties have been pared back as White House officials search for a replacement, defense officials said.
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