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Obama to nominate Marines' leader as Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman
Obama to nominate Marines' leader as Joint Chiefs of Staff chairman

Gen. Joseph F. Dunford Jr., who is commandant of the Marine Corps and has spent time as the top U.S. and NATO general in Afghanistan, will be nominated to serve as the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, a White House official said Monday. If the Senate confirms his appointment, Dunford would become the nation’s highest-ranking military officer, overseeing all Pentagon and military operations, and would be the top military advisor to the president, secretary of Defense and National Security Council. He would inherit a range of challenges, including the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan, a resurgent Russia, and the ongoing battle against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria....

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