Gen. Keith Kellogg Steps In as National Security Adviser

Feb 15, 2017

Retired Lt. General Keith Kellogg, who was selected to replace Michael Flynn as Donald Trump’s National Security Adviser, is a former commander of the 82nd Airborne Division and veteran of the scandal-plagued Iraqi Coalition Provisional Authority. At the time of his retirement from the Army in 2003, Kellogg was director of command, control and communications for the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

After leaving Iraq in 2005, Kellogg became an adviser to several military and intelligence contract firms that specialize in surveillance and high-tech warfare. He was an adviser to the homeland security division of the Oracle Corporation and vice president of strategic initiatives for Cubic Corporation, which provides technical support for the Pentagon. Of particular interest is Kellogg’s work as president of Abraxas, a specialized and secretive subsidiary of Cubic that was created by a clique of retired CIA operatives.

Five years ago, Abraxas received media attention for developing a surveillance system called TrapWire. According to classified materials released by WikiLeaks, TrapWire could be used to analyze images from surveillance cameras in order to identify potential terrorists.

For four years, Kellogg was a leading executive with CACI International, a contract agency that supplied interrogators who were implicated in the torture scandal at Iraq’s Abu Ghraib prison.