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Then U.S. Under Secretary of Defence Michelle Flournoy looks on during a meeting at the Bayi Building in Beijing on Dec. 7, 2011. (Photo by Andy Wong/AFP/Getty)

Flournoy: Don't pick me

As soon as Hagel announced his decision to step down as defense secretary, several names were floated as possible replacements: former Deputy Secretary of Defense Ashton Carter, Deputy Secretary of Defense Robert Work, Rhode Island Sen. Jack Reed and Flournoy chief among them. But Tuesday, Flournoy told the White House she does not want to be considered for the role.

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