Adam Smith
As soon as Former Vice President Biden became President-elect Biden, President Trump and those loyal to him started to sow chaos and division. It appears that chaos has now reached the Pentagon. — Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee
Top defense intelligence official and former SEAL Team 6 commander walks off the job amid post-election Pentagon purge
  • The Pentagon's top intelligence official, Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Joseph Kernan, resigned Tuesday.
  • His resignation follows the firing of Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and comes amid the resignation of the chief of staff to the Secretary of Defense Jen Stewart and acting Under Secretary of Defense for Policy James Anderson.
  • Lawmakers have already started to sound the alarm, with Rep. Adam Smith writing in a statement that "it appears that chaos has now reached the Pentagon."
Rep. Adam Smith, a Democrat and chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, sounded the alarm Tuesday afternoon following the departures of Esper and Anderson.

"It is hard to overstate just how dangerous high-level turnover at the Department of Defense is during a period of presidential transition," he wrote in a statement. "The top policy professional in the Department resigning the day after the Secretary of Defense was fired could mark the beginning of a process of gutting the DoD – something that should alarm all Americans."

'As soon as Former Vice President Biden became President-elect Biden, President Trump and those loyal to him started to sow chaos and division," he added. "It appears that chaos has now reached the Pentagon."