One of the 3 names most mentioned for Defense Secretary is a Woman (Michele Flournoy - more below). Busting the glass ceiling at the DOD (and management jobs everywhere) would be huge. Think about it - Generals reporting to a Woman.
Update on Chuck Hagel's sketchy involvement with voting machines.
Did Nebraska voting patterns change when Chuck Hagel's company took over the vote counting. Maybe. Possible Coincidence? Ask yourself why he not disclose his involvement with his states voting machines until after the election - and only when pressed about it.
Allegations of inadequate disclosure and conflict of interest
In Bev Harris' book Black Box Voting,, in an article in The Hill, and in a CommonDreams article by Thom Hartmann,  Hagel is accused of having covered up his involvement with American Information Systems, Inc., the voting machine company. Harris alleges that Hagel omitted mention of AIS from the required US Senate financial disclosure forms.. Harris also says that Hagel hid his continuing investment in the McCarthy Group. Harris writes:
In October 2002, I discovered that he [Hagel] still had undisclosed ownership of ES&E through its parent company, the McCarthy Group. The McCarthy Group is run by Hagel's campaign finance director, Michael R. McCarthy, who is also a director of ES&S. Hagel hid his ties to ES&S by calling his investment of up to $5 million in the ES&S parent company an "excepted investment fund." This is important because senators are required to list the underlying assets for companies they invest in, unless the company is "excepted." To be "excepted," the McCarthy Group must be publicly traded (it is not) and very widely traded (it is not)."
Harris contacted Victor Baird, counsel for the Senate Ethics Committee, to inquire into Hagel's disclosure statements. After some investigation, Baird agreed that Hagel apparently mischaracterized the nature of his investment in the McCarthy Group. Soon afterwards, Baird resigned -- Harris suggests, without proof, that Baird was forced to resign -- and Harris was told that he was unavailable to speak to the press. Harris says that Baird's replacement supported Hagel's characterization of the McCarthy Group as an excepted fund. OpEdNews.com Battle over the facts concerning Chuck Hagel
Later in the Hagel story is a hint of potential vote tampering - a conclusion that can not be proved or disproved:
The story about Hagel's retaining ownership in the company that counted his own votes and the matter of the surprising election upset (15 points of disparity between election results and polling results) are retold in an Nov, 2012 article in Harper's Magazine . OpEdNews.com Battle over the facts concerning Chuck Hagel
5 Seperate References (note: only one is Bev Harris) are from this Wikepedia Article at:
Why is the President considering another Republican Politician for this powerful post? Especially when an extremely qualified Woman could fill the post?
It was just a year ago that Michele Flournoy stepped down as under secretary of Defense for policy, the third-highest civilian job at the Pentagon. As the first woman to hold such a senior position in the testosterone-laden military community, Flournoy’s decision to leave for family reasons raised some eyebrows. But she spent the time well, reclaiming her home life after three demanding years in the administration, and serving as a surrogate on foreign policy and national security issues for the Obama campaign. Now, as the president contemplates his second-term team, Flournoy is on the short list to succeed Leon Panetta as secretary of Defense
Busting the glass ceiling at the DOD (and management jobs everywhere) would be huge. Think about it - Generals reporting to a Woman.
Her qualifications are impeccable. There are the requisite degrees from Harvard and Oxford, a stint at the Kennedy School and the Army War College. During the Clinton administration she worked at the Pentagon, tasked with developing and overseeing strategy and threat reduction. In 2007, she cofounded the Center for a New American Security (CNAS), a think tank whose stated mission is to “develop strong, pragmatic, and principled national security and defense policies that promote and protect American interests and values.”The Daily Beast - by Eleanor Clift Nov 28, 2012 4:45 AM EST
MSNBC Stories on the possibilities of someone other than Hagel (and the process): http://video.msnbc.msn.com/...