Eric Fanning, formerly undersecretary of the U.S. Air Force, has been named the Defense Department’s chief of staff and appointed to the Senior Executive Service.
Defense Secretary Ash Carter confirmed Fanning’s appointment on Tuesday.
Fanning most recently oversaw the Air Force’s programs to organize, train and equip the troops.
He served as the deputy undersecretary of the Navy/Deputy Chief Management Officer, with responsibility in the department’s business and governance processes, prior to joining the Air Force on April 18, 2013.
Fanning was previously the deputy director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism after his tenure as managing director at CMG, a strategic communications firm.
He also served as senior vice president for strategic development at the Washington, D.C.-based Business Executives for National Security think tank and previously worked for Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery.
Fanning was assigned to CBS National News’ national and foreign assignment desks in New York from 1997 to 1998 and also held various political positions in Washington, D.C., between 1991 and 1996.