Hillary Clinton’s campaign is vetting James Stavridis, a retired four-star Navy admiral, to serve as her Democratic running mate, people familiar with the process said Tuesday, a move that would reinforce the national security case she is making to voters.

Mr. Stavridis, dean of the Fletcher School at Tufts University, would bring high-level military and foreign policy experience to the ticket, and stands in contrast with a long list of politicians who Mrs. Clinton is believed to be considering, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro and Sen. Tim Kaine of Virginia.

The retired admiral and Mrs. Clinton are said to know each other well. He served as the supreme allied commander of NATO and head of European Command while Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, from 2009 until early 2013. Reached by email, he declined to comment and referred questions to the Clinton campaign. A Clinton campaign official had no comment regarding the selection process.

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