Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both back this needed reform.
Now, again the reason admiral Olson and admiral McRaven didn't want to talk is this command conflict of interest.
The current chairman, admiral Mike Mullen, retires in the fall.
c.1200, "Saracen commander," from Old French amirail (12c.) "Saracen military commander; any military commander," probably ultimately from Arabic title amir-ar-rahl "chief of the transport," officer in the Mediterranean fleet, from amir "leader;" influenced by Latin ad-mirabilis (see admire).
Italian form almiraglio, Spanish almirante are from confusion with Arabic words in al-. Meaning "highest-ranking naval officer" is from early 15c. As a type of butterfly, from 1720, possibly a corruption of admirable.