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U.S. Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy testifies during a hearing before the Senate Armed Services Committee March 15, 2011 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Gen. David Petraeus, commander of the International Security Assistance Force is in Washington to give his assessment of military progress that would allow the U.S. to begin withdrawing troops from Afghanistan.
President Obama has yet to appoint a new secretary of defense, but one person on his reputed short-list could make history.
Michele Flournoy, a former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy of the United States is well liked around the beltway because of her experience and ability to appease to both political parties. If selected, she would be the first female defense chief ever.