A retired Marine major general has been named the new director of the US Secret Service. A group of former senior government officials that reviewed the Secret Service in 2014 found that it was an "insular agency" in need of an outsider to lead it.
This is a developing story. He is now working as the acting deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, and has been with the agency since shortly after leaving the military.
The appointment comes as the Secret Service has faced criticism over a breach at the White House complex. He testified during a Senate Homeland Security hearing in 2013.
And there have also been persistent problems guarding the White House, with the most recent coming when a man scaled the fence and wandered the White House grounds for some 17 minutes before being apprehended. "General Alles is being called upon to use all his command and managerial skills to address the cultural and operational issues now facing the Service".
There's an unconventional new GOP president in the White House, and Republicans have a lock on Congress. "I look forward to working with General Alles in continuing to implement recommendations put forth in our bipartisan Committee report".
In the military, he was a pilot and instructor at the U.S. Navy Fighter Weapons School before assuming a host of aviation-related leadership posts, including head of the Marine Corps Aviation Weapons Systems Requirements Branch and commanding general of the Third Marine Aircraft Wing in Iraq in 2008.
William Callahan, the deputy director of the Secret Service, was serving as the interim director since March 4, when the former director Joseph Clancy retired. Retired Army Lt. Gen. Keith Kellogg, who served as acting national security adviser until McMaster was picked, is the National Security Council's chief of staff.