CNN hires ex-Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren as military analyst

CNN hires ex-Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren as military analyst
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CNN has hired former Pentagon spokesman Steve Warren to serve as a military analyst, the network's senior media correspondent tweeted early Monday.

The move to cable news comes after the Army colonel's abrupt departure from the Pentagon last week as a senior adviser in public affairs to Defense Secretary James MattisJames Norman MattisOvernight Defense: Senate passes 0B defense bill | 3,000 US troops heading to Afghanistan | Two more Navy officials fired over ship collisions Mattis hints at US military options for North Korea Mattis: US to send 3,000 more troops to Afghanistan MORE.

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Warren, who was best known as a candid, meticulous and affable head of the Pentagon's press operations is seen as a natural fit for cable news.

"We do not want to destroy cities, that's not our goal," Warren once explained to reporters last year. "We don't want to harm civilians. That's not our goal. So we're going to do everything we can to ensure that doesn't happen."

"But at the end of the day we have to understand there is a reason they say 'war is hell.'"

On another occasion, he scolded a Pentagon reporter who appeared not to know the phonetic alphabet used by the military.

"We spell it this way: Quebec Alpha Yankee Yankee Alpha Romeo Alpha Hotel. If you don't know your phonetic alphabet, you need to learn it, if you're going to work in the Pentagon," Warren said last year.

Warren was tapped for his media advisory role in March.

Mattis has conducted few press briefings since being confirmed on January 20, but said in February that "the press, as far as I'm concerned, are a constituency that we deal with, and I don't have any issues with the press myself."