Indian-American Kash Patel has been named chief of staff to incumbent Secretary of Defense Chris Miller, the Pentagon announced.
The new appointment from the Pentagon comes a day after Donald Trump sacked Secretary of Defense Mark Esper and appointed National Counter-Terrorism Center director Chris Miller as acting Secretary of Defense.
Chris Miller took over the functions and responsibilities of the new role on Monday, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
Kash Patel, currently a member of the National Security Council, has been appointed chief of staff by acting secretary Chris Miller, the Pentagon said on Tuesday.
He will replace Jen Stewart, who resigned earlier in the day.
Deputy Minister of Defense for Politics Dr. James Anderson, Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and Security Joseph Kernan, has submitted letters of resignation.
Kashyap Pramod Patel, popularly known as Kash Patel, previously served as the senior counter-terrorism attorney on the House’s permanent selection committee.
In June 2019, 39-year-old Patel was appointed senior director of the National Security Council (NSC) counter-terrorism directorate at the White House.
Kash Patel was born in New York and has his roots in Gujarat. However, his parents come from East Africa, his mother from Tanzania and his father from Uganda. You came to the United States from Canada in 1970. The family moved to Queens, New York, often referred to as Little India, in the late 1970s.
After finishing school in New York and college in Richmond, Virginia, and attending law school in New York, Kash Patel went to Florida, where he served four years as a state defender and then another four years as a federal defender.
He moved from Florida to Washington DC as a Justice Department attorney for terrorism. Here he was international terrorism prosecutor for about three and a half years. During this time he worked on cases around the world, in America in East Africa, as well as in Uganda and Kenya.
While he was still employed by the Justice Department, he moved to the Department of Defense’s Special Operations Command as a civilian.
At the Pentagon, he served as a Justice Department attorney on Special Forces and worked on inter-agency collaborative targeting operations around the world.
After a year in this sensitive position, Congressman Davin Nunes, chairman of the House Permanent Select on the Intelligence Committee, attracted him as chief counter-terrorism attorney.
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