This month we usher in a new year and a new era. November's historic presidential election brings a change in administration to Washington. President-elect Barack Obama's national security team wish list includes many familiar names, at least three that most Proceedings readers recognize immediately.
Tapped to be President Obama's National Security Adviser is retired Marine General Jim Jones, the former Commandant of the Marine Corps and commander of the U.S. European Command and Supreme Allied Commander Europe. And retired Army Chief of Staff General Eric Shinseki, best known for having run afoul of Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and Deputy Secretary Paul Wolfowitz, is Obama's pick to head the Veterans Administration. But here we zero in on the President-elect's choice for Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, who also happens to be the present Secretary.