President-elect Barack Obama has asked retired Air Force Maj. Gen. Scott Gration, one of his top foreign policy and military advisers during the campaign, to take the helm of NASA, according to a source informed of the selection.
An announcement is expected as soon as Wednesday. If that happens, he would be the first NASA administrator to be announced before the incoming president's inauguration.
Gration is not part of the NASA cult, environment. Another pick, as Leon Panetta to CIA, by Obama who is looking for leadership and management skills.
Gration's lack of space experience should not preclude him from being qualified for the job, said John Logsdon, a space policy expert here.
"There are lots of NASA administrators who have come from other areas without a background in space," he said. "You want a guy who is a leader and can manage a large organization."
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