WASHINGTON — Defense Secretary Jim Mattis is expected to tap Army Col. Steve Warren, a former spokesman for Operation Inherent Resolve, as a key media advisor.
Warren will retire out of active duty to take the spot, according according to a defense official speaking on background. The Pentagon is waiting for Warren’s retirement to clear before making any formal announcement, the official said. The news was first reported by the Washington Examiner.
“During his [previous] time in the Pentagon and Baghdad, Warren established a reputation as someone who would be frank with reporters, and was known for mixing pithy soundbites with operational information.”