Senate Democrats

Reid Statement On Obama Nominees For Defense Department

Washington, DCSenate Majority Leader Harry Reid made the following statement today after President-Elect Obama said he plans to nominate William J. Lynn III to be Deputy Secretary of Defense, Robert F. Hale to be Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller), Michèle Flournoy to be Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) and Jeh Charles Johnson to be General Counsel:

“I am pleased with the high caliber of nominees for senior Department of Defense positions that the President-elect nominated today.  Under the President-elect and Secretary Robert Gates’ leadership, these individuals’ collective decades of experience will help shape a new national security and defense strategy necessary to restore America’s security, power and influence around the world.

“With two wars, ongoing counterterrorism operations and troops protecting America’s interests in Iraq, Afghanistan and elsewhere across the globe, we need to move as expeditiously as possible to confirm these nominees during this wartime transition.”