I’ve seen some speculation that Jim Steinberg might be among Obama’s top choices for National Security Adviser. I met Jim a few times when I was working at Brookings and I think he was the most impressive person I encountered there. One time Mary Graham and I went in to talk to him about some work we were doing on disclosure policy (transparency vs. security-type stuff) and I was taken aback by how quickly he cut through the clutter (both of what we were saying and of the policy area as a whole) and seized the key issues. I don’t remember specifically what he suggested or anything; I just remember a feeling of awe. One of the reasons I am excited about the new administration is that people like Jim Steinberg will be making important decisions.