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Nominees Announced for Four Pentagon Posts

Jan. 23, 2012 - 08:32PM   |  
By MARCUS WEISGERBER   |   Comments
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The White House has asked Congress to approve nominees for four key U.S. Defense Department positions, including undersecretaries for acquisition, policy and personnel.

President Barack Obama has nominated Frank Kendall to be the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, James Miller to be the undersecretary of defense for policy and Erin Conaton to be the undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness.

In addition, Obama nominated Jessica Lynn Wright to be assistant secretary of defense for Reserve affairs.

Kendall previously served as the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition and is now the Pentagon’s acting acquisition executive. If confirmed, he would fill the slot previously held by Ashton Carter, now the deputy defense secretary.

Miller is currently the principal deputy undersecretary of defense for policy. If confirmed he would replace Michèle Flournoy, who is stepping down as undersecretary of defense for policy on Feb. 3.

If confirmed, Conaton, the current undersecretary of the Air Force, would replace Clifford Stanley, who resigned last fall.

Wright is currently the deputy assistant secretary of defense for manpower and personnel.

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