Harward, Petraeus and Kellogg Emerge as Flynn Replacements

Cheryl Sanders
February 14, 2017

If chosen by President Trump for the role, it is likely to be viewed by many as a controversial hire amid concerns Mr Petraeus' past conduct renders him an unviable option for a key security role.

A 1961 graduate of Long Beach Poly High School, Gen. Kellogg has been a military affairs adviser to past presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush.

Incidentally, emails made public as a result of a Washington Post FOIA request over the Petraeus resignation showed correspondence between Harward and the man who is now secretary of defense, then Gen. James Mattis.

Keith Kellogg has been named Donald Trump's acting national security adviser after the retired general Michael Flynn resigned accused of entanglement with the Kremlin and misleading the vice-president. He was the put in charge of United States Central Command before former President Barack Obama put him in charge in Afghanistan to replace Gen. Stanley McChrystal, with whom Flynn worked closely at Joint Special Operations Command. Petraeus had to step down as Central Intelligence Agency director after it became known in 2012 that he shared classified information with a biographer who was also his mistress. The Coalition Provisional Authority was responsible for the purging of Baath party members from the government, which many blame for the rise of insurgents who would eventually join al-Qaida in Iraq, which would metastasize into the so-called Islamic State.

Kellogg was in the running to hold the position full-time, as well as retired Gen. David Petraeus and former Vice Admiral Bob Harward, a source told CNN Monday evening. However, Petraeus' controversial past (he plead guilty to mishandling classified material in 2015) coupled with the fact that Kellogg will be serving as interim adviser may give Kellogg a leg up when it comes to deciding who will serve as the permanent adviser. In the emails, Mattis is seen writing of Harward: "He's brilliant (for a SEAL, smile)".

Harward spent nearly 40 years in the Navy and was on President George W. Bush's National Security Council with experience in several Middle Eastern countries as well as Somalia and Bosnia.

Since retiring from the military, he has served as an executive in Lockheed Martin UAE.

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