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Bush prepares to name new joint chiefs chairman

August 23, 2001

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— President Bush intends to nominate Air Force Gen. Richard Myers as chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, White House officials said Wednesday.

The selection of Myers, former commander in chief of the U.S. Space Command, would reflect Bush's desire to place more emphasis on newer technologies, the importance of space and computers in warfare and emerging threats around the globe.

The aides, speaking on condition of anonymity, said they were told in staff meetings that Myers on Friday would be in Crawford, Tex., and that his presence at the president's ranch was a strong indication he was Bush's choice. One senior adviser said late in the day that Bush planned to tap Myers, and the announcement was scheduled Friday.

White House press secretary Ari Fleischer confirmed that Myers will be among those briefing Bush on Friday about Defense Department plans to revamp the military. "He's one of the key people involved in the military transformation," Fleischer said.

Bush's pick, if confirmed by the Senate, would replace Army Gen. Henry H. Shelton, who steps down Sept. 30.

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