Key Civilian Personnel Shuffle at DoD


The Defense Department has announced a recent host of civilian personnel changes.

David M. Wennergren, who now serves as assistant deputy chief management officer for the defense secretary, will take over as the director of the Business Transformation Agency in Washington, D.C.

BTA is tasked with modernizing DoD’s business operations. However, it will likely be a period of transition for Wennergren and the agency. Defense Secretary Robert Gates, in an update of his departmentwide efficiencies Jan. 6, announced the agency would be significantly restructured and disestablished.

Wennergren will also continue to hold his current role in the defense secretary’s office.

Robert Butler has been assigned as deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber policy, a role in which he will provide cyber policy guidance to Pentagon leaders to “improve DoD cyber posture,” according to the department. Butler previously served as deputy assistant secretary of defense for cyber and space policy.

Finally, Sumit Agarwal, who trailblazed at DoD as one of the first officials tasked with coordinating social media efforts, will now join Undersecretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy’s office. Previously, he served as assistant secretary of defense for public affairs outreach and social media, and his new position will offer a similar Gov 2.0 perspective.  In his new role, Agarwal will focus on cyber engagement and innovation.

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