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Posted at 01:10 PM ET, 09/24/2012

Missile defense nominee Syring gets boost in rank

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly will remain the head of the agency a while longer. (Susan Walsh - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
It’s half a loaf for Jim Syring, the White House’s nominee to head the Missile Defense Agency.

The Senate on Friday boosted his rank from Rear Admiral to Vice Admiral, a prerequisite for ultimately naming him to lead the MDA, but he still doesn’t officially hold the job. (See the update here: looks like he’s been cleared to get the post.)

The MDA chief has traditionally been a three-star officer (except for a civilian who once held the post), so Syring needed the promotion to hold the job.

President Obama nominated Syring to replace Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, who was faulted in an internal report for what it said was his abusive management style.

At least Syring has a nifty title while he waits...

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