Navy Takeover of US Military

I don’t see it as a problem, just a curiosity, but in reading the June 9, 2007 Washington Post article, Joint Chiefs Chair Will Bow Out, I noticed that Naval officers are in most of the top Defense Department military positions overseeing the military side of  the Iraq War.  The new Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff, Adm. Michael G. Mullen, replaced Marine Gen. Peter Pace (the Marine Corp, as you know, is officially part of the Navy Department).  In the field the forces are commanded by Army Generals.  (The diplomatic side is handled by the State Department, not the Defense Department, although all generals’ and admirals’ education includes diplomacy.)  Here is the new lineup:

JCS Chairman – Adm. Michael G. Mullen (replacing Marine Gen. Peter Pace)
JCS Vice Chairman – Marine Gen. James Cartwright (replacing Adm. Edmund Giambastiani)
U.S. Central Command Commander – Adm. William J. Fallon
U.S. Central Command Deputy Commander – Vice Admiral David C. Nichols Jr.
White House Staff Adviser to the President (coordinator of the war, new position outside of
              DoD and not in the military structure ) – Army Lt. Gen. Douglas E. Lute
U.S. senior coalition commander in Iraq – Army General David H. Petraeus
U.S. field commander in Iraq – Army Lt. Gen. Raymond Odierno

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