Obama Taps Top Defense Lawyer as Homeland Security Chief

Top adviser for drones, Gitmo, drawdown from war goes to Congress for approval.

Former Defense Department general counsel Jeh Johnson speaks during a news conference at the Pentagon in Washington on Nov. 30, 2010.
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Johnson also weighed in on the ongoing sexual assault crisis that came to a head throughout the military this summer, following a string of high-profile sexual assault reports.

The problem and subsequent "bad behavior" has become "so pervasive, we need to look at fundamental change," he said publicly in May.

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