Obama Reverses Bush’s Doomsday Plan for Defense Department
March 2, 2010 - 4:06 PMWho would run the Pentagon if Gates dies?
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.
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