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The front runner to replace outgoing Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is Michele Flournoy, 53, presently chief executive officer of the Center for New American Security, a think tank she co-founded in Washington. Her work history at the Defense Department goes back to the 1990s and if nominated and confirmed she would be the first female Secretary of Defense in history.

Some think she would be confirmed by the Republican controlled Senate but others think that any confirmation will be held up as a result of the rancor between the Republicans and the White House.

Ms. Flournoy has a  close professional relationship with former Bush administration Defense Secretary Robert Gates, but previously also worked closely with the Obama White House, serving at the Pentagon early in Mr. Obama’s first term.