Rapid Fire Nov. 13, 2012: Post-Affair Leadership Shuffling

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* Following the US presidential election and David Petraeus’ resignation last week because of an affair with his biographer, contenders for nomination in a new cabinet include Senator John Kerry (for Defense or State), UN Ambassador Susan Rice (State), and John O. Brennan to head the CIA. But the plot thickens, as emails sent by General John Allen are part of the FBI investigation that brought the affair to light. Somewhere in Hollywood someone must be working on a script right now. Washington Post | The Hill | Washington Times. * Marillyn Hewson will head Lockheed Martin starting on January 1st. She has worked there for almost 3 decades and headed the Systems Integration then the Electronic Systems divisions. Christopher Kubasik was supposed to take over but was asked to resign because he, too, had an extramarital affair. * “Fiscal cliff” is the new “sequestration”: the noise coming from political fights over how to deal with the fast-coming combination of expiring tax cuts and the sequester is going to drown everything else until the underlying issues are somehow resolved – or at least postponed. Politico describes some potential scenarios. * Soon after firing his defense minister, Russian President Vladimir Putin […]

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