Senate Confirms Nominations to Key DoD Leadership Positions

May 30, 2012

Before leaving for the Memorial Day recess, the Senate confirmed three key Department of Defense (DoD) leadership nominations:  Frank Kendall to be Under Secretary of Defense (USD) for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics (AT&L), Dr. James Miller to be Under Secretary of Defense for Policy, and Erin Conaton to be Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness (P&R).

Kendall has been the acting AT&L chief since Ashton Carter became the Deputy Secretary of Defense in September 2011.  He was appointed as AT&L's principal deputy in March 2010.   He previously served in DoD from 1982 to 1994 in a number of senior acquisition positions.  His private sector experience includes two years (2008-2010) as Managing Partner at Renaissance Strategic Advisors, Vice President of Engineering for Raytheon Company, and consultancies in technical and program management.

Miller succeeds Michele Flournoy, who stepped down earlier this year.  He has served as principal deputy since April 2009.  Earlier, he served in DoD as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Requirements, Plans, and Counterproliferation Policy from 1997-2000.  He was a Vice President and then Senior Vice President at Hicks and Associates, Inc, an assistant professor at Duke University, and a professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee from 1988 to 1992 

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