President Barack Obama announced nominees Jan. 24 to fill several senior Defense Department positions for key management areas.
Erin Conaton is the nominee to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. She has been the undersecretary of the Air Force since 2010.
The undersecretary is a senior policy advisor to the defense secretary on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits for active duty military personnel, including Guard and Reserve personnel, and DOD civilians employees. The undersecretary is also responsible for overseeing the state of military readiness.
Frank Kendall is the nominee to be the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics. He has been the acting undersecretary since the former undersecretary Ashton Carter became the deputy defense secretary in 2011.
The undersecretary advises the defense secretary on all things DOD acquisition. He also supervises procurements and issues policies on the maintenance and upkeep of DOD's technology. The undersecretary also works on the upkeep of the defense industrial base through policies.
James Miller is the nominee to be the undersecretary of defense for policy. Miller has been the principle deputy undersecretary of defense for policy since 2009.
The undersecretary gives the defense secretary advice on new policies that align with national security objectives.
Each of the nominees must be confirmed by the Senate before taking the job.
Posted by Matthew Weigelt on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
The Defense Department's recent general officer assignments include new posts to the National Defense University and acquisition positions.
Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin has been assigned to serve as president of NDU in Washington, D.C. He previously served as the 48th commandant of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, who has been selected for the rank of major general, has been assigned to commanding general of Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Nichols leaves her position as program executive officer in Fort Belvoir, Va.
Col. Paul A. Ostrowski has been selected for the rank of brigadier general. Ostrowski has been assigned to be a program executive officer in Fort Belvoir, Va. He previously served as assistant deputy for acquisition and systems management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in Washington, D.C.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Chief planner of the Federal Communications Commission Paul de Sa will leave in February, Chairman Julius Genachowski said in a statement.
Since joining the FCC in 2009, de Sa has served as Chief of the Office of Strategic Planning and Policy Analysis, reviewing various issues such as mergers, broadband expansion and spectrum issues.
“Paul’s rare combination of business insight, technical expertise, and policy smarts has made him indispensable to me and the agency as we’ve worked to unleash innovation and bring the benefits of broadband to all Americans," Genachowski said.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 20, 2012 at 12:56 PM2 comments
Defense Secretary Leon Panetta announced the reassignment of a Defense Information Systems Agency senior executive Jan. 17.
Mark Orndorff has been reassigned as chief information assurance executive and program executive officer for mission assurance and network operations for DISA in Fort Meade, Md. He previously served as PEO for the same operations, which develop and implement programs to secure and operate the Global Information Grid.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 18, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Brig. Gen. James McLaughlin has been picked for promotion to director for space and cyber operations, and deputy chief of staff for operations, plans and requirements at Air Force headquarters in Washington, D.C.
He previously served as deputy director for global operations at U.S. Strategic Command headquarters in Offutt Air Force Base, Neb. He was responsible to the commander on matters of situational awareness, command and control and integrated plans and operations across space, nuclear and cyber operations.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 17, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
The new head of the Homeland Security Department's National Cybersecurity Division will come from the State Department.
Federal News Radio reports John Streufert, State's chief information security officer and deputy chief information officer, will replace Nicole Dean, who is leaving DHS later this month for a position in the private sector.
Streufert has served at State for over five years and is a leader in continuous monitoring. He won a 2010 Federal 100 award for leading the team that created the Risk Scoring Program, which gave administrators the ability to continuously monitor risks to State’s information technology infrastructure.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 13, 2012 at 12:56 PM1 comments