Obama to Nominate Dunford as New Joint Chiefs Head

President Barack Obama plans to nominate Marine Gen. Joe Dunford, the current commandant of the Marine Corps who is widely considered one of the president’s closest military confidants, to be the next chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, two sources briefed on the decision said Monday.
Obama is also expected to ask the Senate to confirm Air Force Gen. Paul Selva, who is now head of the U.S. Transportation Command and responsible for all military logistics, to become the vice chairman of the Joint Chiefs. In the choice of Dunford, Obama would be seeking chief counsel from a military leader who is not likely to question administration policy publicly but would provide unvarnished advice behind closed doors.