The Defense News 100 Most Influential People in US Defense is back, but it’s a bit different from last year.
This year’s list focuses more on policy, budget and strategic issues, and less on personnel and veterans issues. …
… Some of the list’s biggest movers between 2012 and 2013 were people who left government or became key players in President Barack Obama’s administration.
For example, Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who last year was chairman of the Atlantic Council, rose nearly 40 spots to No. 3 on this year’s list. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton fell 40 spots and former Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter fell nearly 60 spots.
The exceptions to the rule are retired Navy Adm. James Stavridis and former Navy Undersecretary Robert Work, both of whom rose on the list. Stavridis retired this year as NATO’s supreme allied commander and is now the dean of the influential Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and chairman of the US Naval Institute. Work was named CEO of the prominent Center for a New American Security think tank and is said to be the frontrunner to become deputy defense secretary.
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