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Biden Looks Inside the Beltway in Forging National Security Team

  • Democrat plans to avoid reality-show approach to naming aides
  • Biden considering first female defense secretary among others
Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Photographer: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg

If Joe Biden wins the presidency next month, he plans to fill his national-security team exactly the way Donald Trump didn’t -- with officials well-known inside the Washington Beltway who carry resumes full of government experience.

There won’t be any Rex Tillerson-type picks. The former Exxon Mobil Corp. chief was an outside-the-box choice for secretary of state who arrived with a stellar background but no government experience and quickly lost support in the Oval Office, Congress and his own building. He was fired by tweet.