Reed Being Considered for Defense Secretary

Officials in President Obama’s administration are considering Senator Jack Reed (D-RI) as a possible replacement for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, Bloomberg reports.

Obama administration officials are considering Central Intelligence Agency director Leon Panetta, Democratic Senator Jack Reed of Rhode Island and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus as possible replacements for Defense Secretary Robert Gates, according to an administration official.

Michele Flournoy, undersecretary of defense for policy, is also among the candidates being looked at to succeed Gates, who previously has said that he plans to retire sometime this year, according to the official, who spoke on condition of anonymity to talk about the selection process.

Reed “would have the confidence of both the military and the White House” but a “drawback to nominating him is the loss of a senior Democratic lawmaker versed in defense and foreign policy.”

(h/t – Political Wire)

Update: According to POLITICO, Reed “said Tuesday he would not be the ‘one’ President Barack Obama picks to lead the Pentagon.”

In a short interview with POLITICO, Reed (D-R.I.) would not say whether he has had any discussions with administration officials about the job.

“I am working hard to be a good senator from Rhode Island, and that is my sole focus, and I hope to be able to focus on that for the reminder of my term,” said Reed, 61, a West Point graduate and member of the Senate Armed Services Committee.


When asked if he was interested in the defense job, Reed replied: “I think there are many worthy candidates and the president will find one, and I will not be that one.”


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