San Diego Union Tribune

March 3, 2005

Admiral tapped to be Navy's next top officer

By Otto Kreisher

WASHINGTON – Adm. Michael Mullin, a low-key surface warfare officer who has commanded a fleet, handled Navy budget battles and served as the service's No. 2 uniformed leader, has been nominated to be the next chief of naval operations, the Pentagon announced yesterday.

Mullin, a Los Angeles native and 1968 Naval Academy graduate, is commander of the NATO Joint Forces in southern Europe and commander of U.S. Naval Forces Europe.

If the Senate confirms his nomination, Mullin will relieve Adm. Vern Clark, who is serving a fifth year as the Navy's top officer.

As the first in that position to have a master's degree in business administration, Clark has borrowed a host of efficiency measures from successful businesses to cut the Navy's overhead costs to shift money to higher pay and benefits for personnel and to buy new ships, aircraft and other equipment.

Mullin is a graduate of the Harvard Business School's advanced management program and served as a top Navy official for resources, requirements and assessment and as a top deputy under Clark.

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