Bush Picks New Security Team

Miles A. Pomper

President George W. Bush chose Deputy Treasury Secretary Sam Bodman, a chemical engineer, as his new secretary of energy Dec. 10, continuing his overhaul of key arms control and nonproliferation positions as he approaches his second term.

In the same month, Bush also announced that Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld would remain at the Pentagon.
In November, Bush announced that he would seek Senate confirmation of National Security Adviser Condoleezza Rice as his new secretary of state, replacing Colin Powell. He also announced that Rice’s deputy, Stephen Hadley, would then replace Rice.

Still unclear is who will oversee the entire intelligence community. The national intelligence director position was created in legislation that Congress passed in December.

Another coveted opening is U.S. permanent representative to the United Nations, a position that became available when former Sen. John Danforth left the post after only a few months.

Several other crucial second-tier jobs remain to be filled, including deputy secretary of state and deputy national security adviser.