Dead Drop: November 27

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A NEW (OLD) GANG IN TOWN:  By now, just about everyone has opined about President-elect Biden’s initial picks for national security posts.  All of his picks so far have experience at senior levels in the community and often in the building they are being nominated to lead (with Senate approval.)  Biden’s pick for national security advisor, Jake Sullivan, was national security advisor for VP Biden in the Obama White House.  While experienced in government, none of President Trump’s four national security advisors had worked in a White House before. Biden’s pick for DNI, Avril Haines, had been Deputy CIA Director.  Neither of Trump’s DNI’s had worked in the intelligence community before.  And SECSTATE candidate Tony Blinken was Deputy SECSTATE not long ago. Neither of Trump’s Secretaries of State had diplomatic experience.

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