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Biden Likely to Break Gender Barriers in Choice of Pentagon Head

In 2010, then-Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy talks with Marines Lt. Gen. John Paxton. Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon veteran, is regarded by U.S. officials and political insiders as a top choice for President-elect Joe Bide to choose to head the Pentagon. AP
November 17, 2020

President-elect Joe Biden is expected to take a historic step and select a woman to head the Pentagon for the first time, shattering one of the few remaining barriers to women in the department and the presidential Cabinet.

Michele Flournoy, a politically moderate Pentagon veteran, is regarded by U.S. officials and political insiders as a top choice for the position. Democrats have long sought to name a woman to the top post in a department that didn’t open all combat jobs to female service members until about five years ago. Flournoy had been the expected choice of Hillary Clinton if she had won the 2016 election. Her name surfaced early as a front-runner for Biden’s Cabinet, said officials who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss personnel matters.

Read more: Biden likely to break gender barriers, pick Defense Dept. veteran Michele Flournoy to lead Pentagon (marketwatch.com)

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