President-elect Obama names National Security team

CHICAGO (AP) -- President-elect Barack Obama announced members of his National Security Team in Chicago Monday.

President-elect Obama has chosen his former chief rival for the Democratic nomination to be his secretary of state.

At a news conference Monday in Chicago, Obama announced that he's chosen Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton to lead the State Department.

He described her as a friend and colleague, as well as a source of counsel and a tough opponent. He added that she's someone of tremendous stature who can advance America's interest around the world.

In order to make it possible for his wife to take the job, party officials say former President Bill Clinton agreed to disclose the names of contributors to his foundation and step away from day-to-day management of it. He'll also submit his speaking schedule to review by the State Department and the White House.

The man who's served as President George W. Bush's defense secretary will be staying on.

President-elect Obama says he's chosen Robert Gates to continue as Pentagon chief.

It's a move that brings continuity amid the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the terrorism that erupted last week in India.

Obama says Gates won the confidence of U.S. commanders and military personnel. He says Gates will face a new mission of bringing a responsible end to the war in Iraq.

President-elect Obama has chosen Washington lawyer Eric Holder to be attorney general. If confirmed, he'll be the first African-American to hold that post.

Obama said the former Justice Department official has the experience to succeed from his first day on the job. He said Holder has distinguished himself as a prosecutor, judge and in government service and is deeply informed on the nation's law enforcement challenges.

Obama said that in his administration, it will be clear the attorney general serves the American people. Obama expressed confidence Holder will respect the public trust and adhere to the Constitution.

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Arizona Gov. Janet Napolitano to head the Department of Homeland Security.

He says Napolitano has spent her career protecting people. He said she understands the need to protect against terror attacks and to respond to natural disasters -- and that she also understands as well as anyone the danger of unsecured borders.

President-elect Barack Obama is nominating Susan Rice to be the U.S. ambassador to the United Nations.

He calls her a close and trusted adviser who knows the global challengees the nation faces.

Rice was a senior foreign policy adviser to Obama's presidential campaign. She's a senior fellow in foreign policy at the Brookings Institution.

She earlier served on the staff of the National Security Council during the Clinton administration.

President-elect Obama has selected retired Marine General James Jones to be his national security adviser.

Obama told reporters that Jones would prove a skilled national security adviser. He praised Jones' experience, having served the country "in uniform and as a diplomat."

Noting that generations of the Jones' family have served the country, Obama said Jones "has commanded a platoon in battle, served as supreme allied commander in a time of war and worked on behalf of peace in the Middle East."

Jones says he's deeply humbled to have been asked to serve during what he called challenging times. He said national security in the 21st century has a broader scope and he sees the role as helping to make the world a better place.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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