Trump’s last Defense secretary takes on the ‘American war machine’

Chris Miller, who served as the acting Defense secretary under former President Trump from 2020 to 2021, offers an insight in his new book “Soldier Secretary” into the life of an American soldier who rose — briefly — to the top of the Pentagon as he grew increasingly resentful of the U.S. military-industrial complex. He writes that it has now become a “hydra-headed monster” with “virtually no brakes on the American war machine.”


Still, Miller is hopeful that the next generation of Americans can shake the U.S. out of foreign entanglements and the idea of policing the rest of the world.


In an interview with The Hill, Miller said there is a pressing need for accountability in the upper ranks of the Pentagon and with military leadership for the failed wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.