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The Nation : Civilian Secretaries for Military Chosen

The Bush Administration has chosen its three civilian service secretaries--Assistant Secretary of Defense Richard L. Armitage for the Army, Undersecretary H. Lawrence Garrett III for the Navy and Donald B. Rice of the Rand Corp. for the Air Force--defense officials said. Armitage and Garrett are veteran government bureaucrats while Rice is a former government official who has stayed in contact with the bureaucracy as a defense specialist at RAND, the Washington Post reported. The three must still be formally nominated, then confirmed by the Senate, before assuming their duties.


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