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James “Sandy” Winnefeld

22 - Navy Adm. James “Sandy” Winnefeld
2012 Rank: 11

Vice Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
Although he’s kept a low profile since becoming the nation’s No. 2 military officer, Winnefeld has been working behind the scenes to help craft a long-term military strategy. He’s been an active proponent of thinking outside the box and recognizing the need for the Defense Department to reshape itself. A former “Top Gun” naval aviator who famously turned a homeward bound carrier Enterprise toward Afghanistan on 9/11 before getting orders to do so, he has told retired brass not to judge today’s military leaders on the size of the force. He’s tried to change long-standing bureaucratic processes, leading an effort to reform Pentagon requirements widely acknowledged to be a major factor in runaway weapons costs.

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