It is hardly a secret that Joe Biden will appoint a woman to head up the Defense Department. And that woman is Michèle Flournoy. 

Flournoy was thought to have also been Hillary Clinton’s choice for Secretary of Defense. Back in June of 2016, Biden, speaking at the Center for New American Security (CNAS), a think tank headed by Flournoy, had made the following telling comments about Flournoy:

“Well, madam secretary,” Biden said with a laugh, alluding to her being tapped for the position by Clinton, “I’m writing a recommendation for her, you know.” Under the Trump administration, then-Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis asked her to be his number two but she declined.

Flournoy has a wealth of experience. She served in President Bill Clinton’s administration as the principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy and Threat Reduction, and then as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Strategy.