Among them include:
- Robert Zoellick, former George W. Bush Administration official who recently stepped down as head of the World Bank, is being mentioned as a possible head of the State Department or Treasury Department. He is now a Distinguished Fellow at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE) and a Senior Fellow at Harvard's Belfer Center.
- John Bolton, former Undersecretary of State for Arms Control and International Security as well as US Permanent Representative to the UN, is a possible pick for Secretary of State. He is a Senior Fellow at American Enterprise Institute (AEI).
- Richard Williamson, a top foreign policy official in the Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush Administrations, is a possible pick for National Security Adviser. He is currently on a leave of absence from the Brookings Institution.
- Dan Senor, Chief Spokesman in the Bush Administration for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq, would likely be named to a top security position. He is an Adjunct Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR).
- Richard Haass, former Director for Policy Planning at the State Department, is named as a possible pick for Secretary of State. He is the President of CFR.
- Mitchell Reiss, Director of the Office of Policy and Planning at the State Department, is mentioned as a possible pick for a top foreign policy post. He is on the Board of Directors at CNAS.
- Elliott Abrams, Bush's Deputy National Security Advisor, is mentioned as a possible pick for a top foreign policy post. He is a Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies at CFR.