President Obama this week will nominate Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Joseph Dunford to be the next Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and Gen. Paul Selva, head of US Transportation Command, to serve as the Joint Chiefs’ vice chairman, according to press reports on Monday. USA Today reported that Obama’s announcement is expected as early as Tuesday. Dunford would succeed Army Gen. Martin Dempsey, who has been Obama’s top military adviser since September 2011. Selva would replace Adm. James Winnefeld, who has been vice chairman since August 2011. The Senate must approve Dunford and Selva to serve in these positions. In a Twitter post on Monday evening, Sen. Jack Reed (D-R.I.), Senate Armed Services Committee ranking member, said he “strongly” supported Dunford to be the JCS Chairman. “He has the experience and vision necessary to lead in a challenging time,” said Reed. Dunford has led the Marine Corps since October. Before that, he commanded US forces in Afghanistan, overseeing the drawdown of US personnel from there. Selva has led TRANSCOM for the past year. If the Senate confirms him, he would be the first Air Force general to occupy one of the Pentagon’s two top uniformed posts since Gen. Richard Myers was JCS Chairman from October 2001 to September 2005. Selva was the assistant to the JCS Chairman from October 2008 to October 2011. (See also Politico report.)
President Joe Biden is nominating Air Force Lt. Gen. Gregory M. Guillot to add a fourth star and succeed Gen. Glen D. VanHerck as the head of U.S. Northern Command and North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD)—one of several high-level nominations the Pentagon announced May 31.