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Obama Nominates Kendall to Stay in Pentagon’s Top Acquisition Post

Frank Kendall

President Obama is nominating Frank Kendall to be the Pentagon’s top acquisition official, a position he is currently serving in an acting role, the White House announced Monday.

Kendall became acting defense undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics after Ashton Carter was confirmed as deputy defense secretary in September.

Obama announced three other nominations for top Pentagon positions:

  • Erin Conaton, current undersecretary for the Air Force, to be undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness
  • James Miller, current principal deputy undersecretary for policy, to be undersecretary for policy
  • Jessica Lynn Wright, current deputy assistant secretary for manpower and personnel, to be assistant secretary for reserve affairs

If confirmed, Miller will take the position now held by Michele Flournoy, who announced in December she would leave the Pentagon in February.

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