Adm. Jonathan T. Howe is under consideration as a possible successor to Robert Gates as President Bush's deputy national security adviser, the White House said Thursday.

Spokesman Marlin Fitzwater said National Security Adviser Brent Scowcroft had not yet recommended a candidate to the president, "but Admiral Howe is one of those he's considering."Howe, 56, is commander in chief of U.S. Naval Forces in Europe. He was the State Department director of political and military affairs during the Reagan administration.

The Washington Post reported Thursday that he was Scowcroft's choice to be his new deputy.