"Speaking Its Name After All"
Yesterday, jumping off a Steve Coll post I called the Pentagon’s de facto industrial policy “the industrial policy that dare not speak its name.” But alert reader G.S. knows the DOD org chart better than I and observes that there’s actually a Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy. In short, military-related industrial policy does, in fact, dare to speak its name. Meanwhile, all this cabinet-related transition speculation is getting dull. Better to make things interesting and start speculating on who Obama will tap for obscure posts like Deputy Undersecretary of Defense for Industrial Policy. Who’ll be Assistant Secretary of State for Democracy, Human Rights, and Labor.