Which is my biggest concern. We really need to make it clear to the generals/admirals that the civilian minister and senior bureaucrats are the ultimate authority, not them. And an independent civilian oversight board with investigative power over all ranks right up the Chief of Defense Staff would go a long away towards that. Also, not appointing ex-mil to be Minister of Defense. As we are seeing here, there is just too much risk that habits of deference to authority are a potential problem.What disturbs me, possibly the most, was Vance claiming to his "special friend" that he had the Minister of Defense "under control". Sounds very much like the tail wagging the dog.