Jeh Johnson Nominated To Lead Department Of Homeland Security

Written by MCJStaff   // October 18, 2013   // 0 Comments

In this Nov. 30, 2010, file photo, Jeh Johnson speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington. President Barack Obama has chosen former Pentagon lawyer Johnson as the new secretary of the Homeland Security Department. Obama plans to announce Johnson’s nomination Friday, Oct. 18, 2013. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)

By ALICIA A. CALDWELL

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama says the former Pentagon lawyer he’s recalling to service to lead the Department of Homeland Security is an outstanding public servant whom he has known and trusted for years.

If confirmed by the Senate, Jeh (jay) Johnson would succeed Janet Napolitano, who is now president of the University of California system.

Obama says Johnson has a deep understanding of the threats and challenges facing the United States.

The 56-year-old Johnson was the Defense Department’s top lawyer in Obama’s first term. He returned to private practice last year.

At the Pentagon, Johnson oversaw the increased use of unmanned drone strikes, the revamping of military commission to try terrorism suspects and the repeal of the ban on gays in the military.


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