New Chairman for Joint Chiefs of Staff

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff won’t be keeping his job.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he intended to re-nominate Marine General Peter Pace.

But after consulting with Senators, he concluded that the focus of Pace’s confirmation would be on the past not the future.

Gates has recommended Admiral Mike Mullen to replace Pace as the nation’s top military officer.

President Bush needs to make the formal appointment, and the Senate would have to approve.