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Frontrunners emerge for top Pentagon job

Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy testifies at a hearing in Washington on June 23, 2011A pair of frontrunners have emerged to take charge at the Pentagon after President Barack Obama announced the departure of Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel. If former under-secretary Michele Flournoy gets the nod, she would be the first woman to hold the role, and neither she nor former deputy secretary Ashton Carter have served in uniform. Now working as policy academics, Flournoy and Carter have been mentioned for years as possible Pentagon leaders.

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