Danzig, Odd Man Out, Joins Cnas

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THE PLANK FEBRUARY 17, 2009

Danzig, Odd Man Out, Joins Cnas

Former Navy Secretary Richard Danzig, a top Obama campaign advisor many people imagined as defense secretary--until Robert Gates was tapped to stay--will become chairman of the board at the Center for a New American Security, says the hardheaded Democratic national security think tank whose ranks have recently been depleted by Obama appointments.

Last week the LA Times wrote this about Danzig:

One of the most prominent members of the Obama national security team
was Richard Danzig, a Navy secretary during the Clinton administration.
He was a senior member of Obama's advisor corps, traveled with Obama
and was widely expected to be either Defense secretary or deputy
Defense secretary.Instead, Obama tapped Gates. Danzig said in
an interview that he talked to officials about positions below that of
deputy Defense secretary, but has passed for now.

"Some
excellent other jobs were raised with me, so I don't feel at all
undervalued," Danzig said. "But I decided as a personal matter not to
go into the administration, at least for now."

CNAS co-founder and former president Michele Flournoy recently took over as undersecretary of defense for policy.

--Michael Crowley

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