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Obama appoints top Pentagon officials

President-elect Barack Obama appointed William J. Lynn III to be deputy secretary of defense today, the Washington Post reports. He also announced several other Pentagon nominees.

“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,” said the Post.

“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.”

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