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The Back Channel hears that Deputy Secretary of Defense Ash Carter may be tapped for Secretary of Defense. Former Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, a top foreign policy advisor to the Obama campaign, may not be interested in the top Defense job at this time, sources close to the administration, speaking not for attribution, suggested. They also expected that UN envoy Susan Rice would probably be tapped for Secretary of State, but were not certain of it.

Rice is close with former White House terrorism advisor Richard Clarke, for whom she used to work in the Clinton NSC. If her nomination proceeds, some of Clarke’s network are expected to advise her during the Transition, a second former senior US official told the Back Channel.