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William Lynn to Deputy Secretary of Defense?

By Al Kamen
Credible buzz has it that William J. Lynn, a former top Pentagon official in the Clinton administration and more recently senior vice president of government operations and strategy at Raytheon Company, is the pick to be deputy secretary of defense. Lynn had been undersecretary of defense (comptroller) for four years and before that had been director of program analysis and evaluation in the office of the secretary of defense, where he oversaw the department's strategic planning process. Prior to his Pentagon jobs, Lynn had been Massachusetts Sen. Edward M. Kennedy's liaison to the Senate Armed Services Committee.

Posted at 7:48 PM ET on Jan 5, 2009  | Category:  In the Loop
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Mr Lynn is an excellent choice. IN my days at the Pentagon he was veiwed as smart objective and fair - all qualitities need to harnass that place. His recent experience with the defense industry only adds to his capability to make the changes needed. Does not taint him as previous comment implies. Would that same level of competence were evident in selections announced to lead the intelligence community.

Posted by: wbusbee2 | January 6, 2009 5:41 PM

No he's legit, he's mostly worked in the government and for think tanks. Very well respected when he was comptroller of Pentagon under Clinton.

Posted by: yooomamas | January 6, 2009 2:11 PM

Will this be another fox guarding the henhouse? I was hoping Obama would stay away from defense contractors to get appointees. They all have been raping our treasury, and are war profiteers. I hope they vetted this guy and nothing comes up later regarding contracts. My fingers are crossed but I'm not confident.

Posted by: nelsonh66 | January 6, 2009 10:53 AM

It's really depressing to see a reporter for a major newspaper, and its editors (by the way), print stories full of grammatical errors. No doubt the influence of idiotic texting. FYI - the names of official positions, like Secretary of State, are supposed to be capitalized. You need to send your 20 and 30-something "wonder reporters" and even the older ones back to school to learn proper American grammar and usage.

Posted by: jacoch | January 6, 2009 6:31 AM

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