Friday, April 08, 2005

Gordon England to be Dep. SecDef

Paul Wolfowitz's replacement at the Pentagon will be, pending Senate confirmation, SecNavy Gordon England. The Boston Globe (via YahooNews) has this report:

"President Bush yesterday nominated two-time Navy secretary Gordon R. England, 67, to replace Paul D. Wolfowitz as the deputy secretary of defense. A native of Baltimore, England is a confidant of Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld and last year was put in charge of overseeing the military's controversial detention operations [wonder if that'll slow his confirmation??]. A former executive at General Dynamics, England was Navy secretary from 2001 to 2003, when he served a brief stint as deputy secretary of homeland security before returning to the Pentagon. He must be confirmed by the Senate."

Here's his official bio from the Navy's website. I didn't see any neocon credentials (like that matters anymore, especially if Wolfowitz can be voted in to the World Bank presidency by a bunch of Eurocrats), however his military detainee policies may bring some scrutiny to his nomination. Otherwise, he looks to be a solid pick. Reports also said he's on board with Rumsfeld's transformation goals. However, I'll, of course, have to wait to see what Tom Barnett says about the news.


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