Who will be the next Chairman of the JCS?

Adm. Michael Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, retires in late September, and the Pentagon rumor mill is spinning over the administration’s choice for a successor.

Adm. Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

For months, Marine Gen. James “Hoss” Cartwright, Adm. Mullen’s deputy, was seen as a top contender for the job: He was closely involved in the efforts to kill or capture top al Qaeda operatives, and had won respect within the White House.

via Gossip and RUMINT at the Pentagon – Washington Wire – WSJ.

3 thoughts on “Who will be the next Chairman of the JCS?”

  1. Cartwright’s out. He was cleared in an investigation into an improper relationship with a female aide; but he’s toast.

    Admiral Roughead is exceptionally PC, but General Odierno is currently underemployed with his command being shut down. There is also Admiral Stavridis, who’s considered to be first class.

    Regardless, whomever gets the job is going to be hemmed up tighter than a convict having his cell searched.

  2. Having the respect of the WH won’t buy much, and I doubt it even means an awful lot, and says even less.

    DaveO is right too. It’s not a job I would want with what’s coming down the pike. He will be so hemmed in he won’t be able to move.

  3. No matter who gets the position, they will be required to assume the position. Then, they’ll get their teeth cleaned with a chimney brush, **THE LONG WAY!** Now, I can go back to sleep.

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