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Joint Chiefs Chairman Mullen readies for new boss, Afghanistan challenges

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Adm. Michael Mullen, America’s top military officer, is preparing for a new commander in chief as well as major budget and operational challenges in 2009.

The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff said Thursday that the military was making “a very robust effort” helping the McCain and Obama presidential campaigns prepare for a possible transition. In working with those who represent the next commander in chief, the Pentagon is “not seeking “ them out but is “there to assist,” Admiral Mullen told a Monitor-sponsored breakfast for reporters.

Transition was in the air Thursday, with the White House announcing that President Bush has established a team with the goal of ensuring “a seamless presidential transition,” said White House Press Secretary Dana Perino.

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