Robert Gates to Stay on as Defense Secretary

Seeking experience in a time of war, President-elect Barack Obama will keep Defense Secretary Robert Gates in that job — if only temporarily — and he has chosen a retired Marine general to be his national security adviser, officials said Tuesday.

Gates and retired Gen. James Jones bring years of experience to the Cabinet of a 47-year-old commander in chief with a relatively thin foreign policy resume.

Gates, a moderate with long-standing ties to Republican administrations and the Bush family, would fulfill an Obama pledge to include a Republican in his Cabinet.

As Obama’s choice for national security adviser, Jones has impeccable military credentials, an ambassador’s polish and an imposing physical presence at 6 foot 4 inches.

The sources spoke on condition of anonymity because Obama has not authorized anybody to discuss the deliberations.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/20081126/ap_on_go_pr_wh/obama_gates_16

Posted:  11.26.08

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