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Obama to Name Picks for Top Posts in Weeks, Report Says

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  • December 5, 2012
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President Obama is expected to name his selection for defense secretary in the next two weeks, administration officials say.

Obama has not yet decided whether to reveal his nominations for the top national security posts — including secretary of state and CIA director — in a single, high-profile announcement or separately, reported the Chicago Tribune.

The president probably would not announce his picks before next week, but wants to unveil them before the end of the year, according to the story.

Former Nebraska Sen. Chuck Hagel (R) met with the president this week to discuss joining his national security team, according to the story. Other candidates in the running to succeed Leon Panetta as Pentagon chief include Michèle Flournoy, who served as defense undersecretary for policy under Obama until last February; Ashton Carter, the current deputy defense secretary; and Massachusetts Sen. John Kerry (D).

Hagel, a frequent critic of the Republican Party who served two terms in the Senate, possibly could be chosen to lead the CIA.

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