Obama Reverses Bush’s Doomsday Plan for Defense Department

March 2, 2010 - 5:06 PM
Who would run the Pentagon if Gates dies?
Washington (AP) - Who would act as defense secretary if the 66-year-old Robert Gates suddenly died or resigned and his deputy, Bill Lynn, couldn't do it?
 
President Barack Obama has decided the Army secretary - a position now held by former Republican Rep. John McHugh of New York - should get the job.
 
Obama's little-noticed March 1 executive order reverses President George W. Bush's doomsday plan, which bumped the service secretaries and elevated the most loyal advisers to the Defense Secretary at the time, Donald Rumsfeld.
 
Under the December 2005 order, the Pentagon's intelligence chief was third in line to be defense secretary.