Awkward as it may be, some of the Pentagon officials who contributed to the foreign-policy debacles of the last eight years that brought Barack Obama to power might be sticking around briefly during his first year in office.
It's an unusual circumstance for a defense secretary to remain in his position despite the transference of political power from one party to another. So Defense Secretary Robert Gates is in uncharted territory. Add to that the fact that the Obama transition team has made it clear that most of Gates' aides and subordinates -- some of them holdovers from his predecessor, Donald Rumsfeld -- will be replaced.
Here's a guide to those who might be the most awkward for the progressives in the Obama Pentagon to work with, however briefly.