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Didn't Make The List

So, who’s not on the list? Lots of people. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano didn’t score high enough to break into the top 100.

Neither did Douglas Elmendorf, director of the Congressional Budget Office, or Defense Department General Counsel Jeh Johnson, whose December resignation sealed his fate.

No journalists were included. Although a number of members of the Fourth Estate arguably could be on this list, as could some news organizations, we ruled out including them to avoid even the appearance of a conflict of interest.

Several military bloggers came close to making the list, but in the end fell short because, while some influence specific communities — admirals have been known to read and respond to Sailor Bob, for example, and Doctrine Man has a following in the Army, to name just two — none has the kind of broad policy influence that goes beyond a narrowly defined community or cuts across all services.

This doesn’t mean they aren’t influential; they just didn’t make the top 100.

Maybe next year.