DoD photo by Cherie Cullen

Pentagon policy chief Michele Flournoy

“By nature it is an all-consuming job and it does take a toll on the family.”

— Michèle Flournoy, telling the Associated Press why she is leaving her post as under secretary of defense for policy, the Pentagon’s No. 3 position. In her current role, she has been the highest-ranking woman ever in the Pentagon hierarchy, and will likely remain a candidate to serve as the first female defense secretary when she leaves the post in February.

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