Austin ousts all Pentagon advisory board members as he roots out Trump appointees

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Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has removed all members from the Pentagon’s advisory boards in a sweeping effort to oust a series of last-minute appointees by former President Donald Trump, according to a memo obtained by POLITICO.

In a memo dated Saturday, Austin fired all members serving on DoD’s advisory boards, effective Feb. 16, and directed the immediate suspension of all committee operations while the Pentagon completes a “zero-based review” of at least 42 defense advisory committees.

The move comes just days after Austin halted the in-processing of new members, effectively preventing a number of Trump allies from actually serving on panels tasked with providing advice to the defense secretary.

The Trump administration booted several members of the advisory boards after losing the election and installed political operatives and loyalists in their place.

Senior defense officials said the review includes well-known panels such as the Defense Policy Board, the Defense Science Board and the Defense Business Board as well as four Trump administration appointees to a commission tasked with removing names of Confederate leaders from military bases.

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