FILE - This Feb. 22, 2010 file photo shows then-Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senior administration officials tell The Ass

 

              FILE - This Feb. 22, 2010 file photo shows then-Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senior administration officials tell The Ass
FILE - This Feb. 22, 2010 file photo shows then-Defense Undersecretary for Policy Michele Flournoy testifying on Capitol Hill in Washington. Senior administration officials tell The Associated Press that President Barack Obama could name his next defense secretary in December, far sooner than expected and perhaps in a high-powered package announcement along with his choice for secretary of state. The top names under consideration for defense secretary are former Republican Sen. Chuck Hagel of Nebraska, deputy defense secretary Ashton Carter, former top Pentagon official Michele Flournoy, and Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)