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Report: Top Contender Drops from Defense Secretary Consideration

Agence France-Presse reports that “a former senior US defense official touted as the most likely candidate to succeed Chuck Hagel as Pentagon chief has taken herself out of the running, a source familiar with the situation told AFP on Tuesday.”  

“Michele Flournoy, 53, was widely considered the frontrunner for the post of defense secretary and if confirmed would have been the first woman to hold the position.”  

“But Flournoy, the former number-three-ranking official at the Pentagon, wrote to the board of the think tank she leads and founded, the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), saying she would not be taking up the position.”

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