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Dempsey to be Tapped as Next Chairman of Joint Chiefs

Gen. Martin Dempsey(Chet Susslin)

May 25, 2011

President Obama is expected to announce that Army Gen. Martin Dempsey will be his pick to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, National Journal has confirmed.

(RELATED: Q&A with Gen. Martin Dempsey)

If Dempsey is nominated and then approved by the Senate, he would succeed Adm. Mike Mullen, who is stepping down in October. Mullen has held the position since 2007.

 

Dempsey recently became the Army's chief of staff after Gen. George Casey retired earlier this year. Marine Gen. James Cartwright was expected to succeed Mullen, but was passed over.

(RELATED: Cartwright Passed over for Top Military Job)

Dempsey's recent positions include a stint as the head of the Army's Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC).

In an interview earlier this month with National Journal, Dempsey addressed the proposed Defense Department budget cuts of $400 billion.

"So, if the nation has a problem, whether it’s a security problem or a fiscal problem, I don’t figure it’s my position to fight it off. I believe it’s my obligation to help figure it out," he said.

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