(CNN) – A former military man, retired Marine Gen. Jim Jones, appears to be leading the pack of likely contenders for the position of national security adviser in the incoming Obama administration.
Here’s CNN’s list of other possible contenders to advise President-elect Obama on national security:
JAMES STEINBERG: Steinberg has previously served in government as a deputy national security adviser and in the State Department.
RET. GEN. ANTHONY ZINNI: This Vietnam War veteran formerly headed U.S. Central Command.
DR. SUSAN RICE: A veteran of the Clinton administration, Rice has worked in the State Department and the National Security Council and was a senior adviser to the Obama campaign.
DENNIS ROSS: Like many of the other contenders for national security adviser, Ross served in the Clinton administration and advised the last Democratic president about the Middle East. Ross has also advised Obama about the volatile region.
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