U.S. President-elect Barack Obama announced on Monday that former campaign rival Hillary Rodham Clinton would be the Secretary of State in his administration.
Obama also announced that Robert Gates is to remain as Defence Secretary, making President George W. Bush’s Pentagon chief his own as he seeks to wind down the U.S. role in Iraq.
Obama has appointed the former NATO top commander, General James Jones, as White House National Security Adviser, former Justice Department official Eric Holder as Attorney-General and Arizona Governor Janet Napolitano as Secretary of Homeland Security.
Obama also appointed campaign foreign policy aide Susan Rice as his Ambassador to the United Nations and said he would make her a member of the Cabinet.
The announcements rounded out the top tier of the team that will advise the incoming chief executive on foreign and national security issues in an era marked by wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and terrorism around the globe.