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Foreign Policy: Michele Flournoy Withdraws from Defense Secretary Shortlist

PentagonMichele Flournoy, one of several officials under consideration to succeed Chuck Hagel as defense secretary, has withdrawn from the shortlist, Foreign Policy reported Tuesday.

Flournoy, co-founder and CEO of Center for a New American Security, told CNAS board members she would continue her role at the organization and also asked President Obama to remove her from consideration as the next Pentagon chief, John Hudson and Yochi Dreazen report.

Flournoy, Ashton Carter, former deputy secretary of defense and Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI) are among those that have been considered to replace Hagel, according to the report.

Foreign Policy reports Reed recently rescinded his name from consideration as well.

The publication also quoted former senior administration officials as saying they expected Obama to add Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James, Army Secretary John McHugh and Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to the shortlist.

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