Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Stavridis to SACEUR

I wish him well.
US Defense Secretary Robert Gates said on Wednesday he has recommended the nomination of Admiral James Stavridis to be the next NATO supreme commander.

Stavridis, currently head of Southern Command, "is probably one of the best senior military officers we have," Gates told a news conference.

If nominated by President Barack Obama and confirmed, the admiral would become the first naval officer to take the NATO post.

SACEUR's job is mostly a political one. Hopefully, Admiral Stavridis has gotten past his "war is new" transformationalism - but the nature of the job should blunt much of that thought anyway as there are much more important things for SACEUR to do in order to keep the alliance happy and helpful. The job should play to his strengths.

Hat tip Maggie.

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