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Pacific Fleet’s Haney Nominated for Top STRATCOM Job

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Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in April. US Navy Photo

Adm. Cecil Haney, commander of U.S. Pacific Fleet, addresses the crew of the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN-68) in April. US Navy Photo

Adm. Cecil Haney has been nominated to take the top job at U.S. Strategic Command, according to a Monday release from the Department of Defense.

Haney, currently the commander of U.S. Navy’s Pacific Fleet, will replace U.S. Air Force Gen. Robert Kehler, pending Senate confirmation.

“If confirmed by the Senate, Haney would be tasked with overseeing the U.S. nuclear forces at a time when President Obama is pushing to reduce the number of U.S. strategic nuclear weapons. Obama said in a speech in Berlin last week that he wants to shrink the U.S. nuclear arsenal,” according to a report from The Hill’s Defcon Hill.

Vice Adm. Harry Harris, currently serving as assistant to the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, was nominated to replace Haney as commander of Pacific Fleet.