Seeking experience in a time of war, President-elect Barack Obama will keep in that job — if only temporarily — and he has chosen a retired Marine general to be his , 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.