Rumsfeld has selected a retired Army general, Peter J. Schoomaker, to be the next Army chief of staff. This is an interesting selection because he went outside the current possibles to one who is retired, and it so happens that the fellow is a special forces guy, a "snakeater." Here is a bit more information on him from the AP. It goes without saying that this was cleared by W. I would think such a revolutionary action is not unrelated to Rumsfeld push to transform the military into a lighter, faster, deadlier, and more mobile force. It is also related, I would think, to cutting back troop numbers in places like Germany, and setting up new bases (albeit smaller) in places like Bulgaria, Poland, and Thailand.