AP sources: Army general picked for Joint Chiefs

By ROBERT BURNS | May 25, 2011 | 5:13 PM EDT

FILE - In this June 12, 2007 file photo, Army Lt. Gen. Martin Dempsey testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. Dempsey, a general who just last month was installed as the Army's top officer has emerged as a surprise front runner in President Barack Obama's search for his next top military adviser, the final move in Obama's drive to reshuffle the upper tier of his national security team. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two people familiar with President Barack Obama's search for a new chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff say he has chosen Army Gen. Martin Dempsey.

The two spoke on condition of anonymity because the White House has not announced the decision, which is expected to be made public next Tuesday.

Dempsey is a surprise choice because he just began a four-year term as Army chief of staff on April 11. If confirmed by the Senate, he would succeed Navy Adm. Mike Mullen, whose term ends Oct. 1.