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Obama Nominates Individuals for Top Pentagon Posts

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  • January 25, 2012
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President Obama on Tuesday nominated DOD officials to fill two vacancies in the department’s senior ranks.

Frank Kendall III was nominated as the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, filling the vacancy created when Ashton Carter was sworn in as deputy defense secretary in October. Kendall currently is the acting undersecretary for the acquisition department. Starting in March 2010, he served as the principal deputy undersecretary for the department, which is responsible for overseeing the Pentagon’s installations and environment office.

Kendall’s previous DOD experience includes five years as director of tactical warfare programs, three years as assistant deputy undersecretary for strategic systems, and four years as chief of the systems analysis office within the Ballistic Missile Defense Systems Command, reported American Forces Press Service.

The president also nominated Erin Conaton, currently undersecretary of the Air Force, as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Before joining the Air Force in 2010, she served on the House Armed Services Committee as staff director, minority staff director and professional staff member.

Conaton would replace Clifford Stanley, who resigned in November after coming under investigation by DOD’s inspector general following multiple complaints of mismanagement. Conaton would become the department’s top personnel official and serve as the senior policy advisor to the defense secretary on recruitment, career development, pay and benefits, and health affairs, as well as quality-of-life programs for troops and their families.

Both nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

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