- The Washington Times - Wednesday, February 11, 2009

WASHINGTON (AP) The Senate has confirmed William Lynn as deputy defense secretary.

Wednesday’s 93 to 4 vote endorses President Barack Obama’s decision to waive his own ethics regulations by putting a former defense lobbyist in charge of day-to-day operations at the Pentagon.

During his presidential campaign, Obama promised to close the “revolving door” between government and big business. His new rules bar people for two years from working for the agencies they lobbied.

Lynn was registered as a lobbyist for Raytheon Co. until July. He advocated for such programs as the Navy’s new advanced surface ships program and radar for the F-15 jet fighter.

Administration officials say Lynn should be exempt from the ethics rules because he is uniquely qualified for the job.

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