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Sunday, January 11, 2009

Obama Names Top Pentagon Officials

From the Washington Post blog:

President-elect Barack Obama officially named William J. Lynn III as deputy secretary of defense today and also announced several other top Pentagon officials who will work under Defense Secretary Robert Gates.

Lynn served as under secretary of defense and comptroller in the Clinton Administration, where he was the Pentagon's chief financial officer, and currently serves as a senior vice president at Raytheon Company.

Obama also tapped Robert F. Hale, currently executive director of the American Society of Military Comptrollers and a former assistant secretary of the Air Force, for the comptroller position. Michèle Flournoy, co-founder and president of the Center for a New American Strategy and a key official in Obama's transition, will become under secretary of defense for policy. Meanwhile, Jeh Charles Johnson, a partner in the Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison law firm, will become general counsel at the Pentagon.

"I am confident that these distinguished individuals have the expertise and commitment needed to help me implement a sustainable national security strategy that combats 21st century threats and keeps the American people safe," Obama said in a statement. "They share with me the utmost respect for our brave men and women in uniform, and will work day and night to support our troops, strengthen our military, and advance our capacity to carry out 21st century missions."

He continued: "Together with Secretary Gates and our military, we will work to responsibly end the war in Iraq, defeat al Qaeda and the Taliban, and renew America's strength and standing in the world. I am honored that they have joined me in this mission, and I trust that they will serve the American people well."

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