According to news reports, President Obama will nominate Jeh Johnson, a former top Pentagon lawyer, as secretary of the Department of Homeland Security on Friday. He will replace former DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano, who resigned to become president of the University of California system. The Daily Beast reports that Johnson was a key part of many sensitive national security and counterterrorism policies, such as ramping up the drone program and the repeal of the Defense Department’s “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” policy. Johnson does not have as much experience in the areas of disaster relief and immigration enforcement, The Daily Beast adds, but officials do not expect his nomination to be controversial.
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