Mullen Tabbed to Head Chiefs of Staff
Updated 1:20 PM ET June 8, 2007
By LOLITA BALDOR
WASHINGTON (AP) - Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Friday he has decided against recommending Marine Gen. Peter Pace to President Bush for a new term as chairman of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Pace told reporters at the Pentagon that, instead, he is recommending Adm. Mike Mullen, currently chief of naval operations, to take Pace's job.
Gates said he decided not to recommend Pace's renomination for another term because confirmation hearings on that would focus more on the past than the future.
Mullen, he said, has the "vision, strategic insight and integrity to lead America's armed forces."
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WASHINGTON (AP) _ Defense Secretary Robert Gates announced Friday he has recommended Adm. Mike Mullen, currently chief of naval operations, to become the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Gates said that Mullen has the "vision strategic insight and integrity to lead America's armed forces."
If formally appointed by President Bush and confirmed by the Senate, Mullen would replace Marine Gen. Peter Pace as the nation's top military officer.
Pace has been in his post for six years _ a period that covers the Iraq war. Gates said that until recently, he had intended to renominate the Marine general for another two years.
But he said that after consulting with senators in both parties, he had concluded that "the focus of his confirmation process would have been on the past and not on the future."
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