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White House to Give Nominations for 5 DoD Leadership Roles

DoD logo resizeThe White House will submit nominations for Ricardo Aguilera, Janine Davidson, Lisa Disbrow, Eric Fanning and Jennifer O’Connor for leadership positions within the Defense Department.

“These fine public servants bring a depth of experience and tremendous dedication to their important roles,” President Barack Obama said in an announcement posted Friday.

Obama will nominate Aguilera, a professor at the National Defense University, as assistant secretary of the U.S. Air Force for financial management.

Aguilera has previously held the position of special assistant to the deputy comptroller for program and budget and associate director of contingencies and international affairs at the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Comptroller).

Davidson, a senior fellow for defense policy at the Council on Foreign Relations, will receive nomination for the role of undersecretary of the U.S. Navy.

She was a member of the National Commission on the Structure of the Air Force, an assistant professor at George Mason University and the deputy assistant secretary of defense for plans.

Disbrow, the potential undersecretary of the Air Force nominee, currently holds the position in an acting capacity and also serves as the service’s comptroller and assistant secretary for financial management.

She has worked under the Joint Staff’s J-8 Directorate, the National Security Council and the National Reconnaissance Office.

Fanning is the acting undersecretary of the U.S. Army and the proposed nominee for the secretary role at the service.

He is also currently a special assistant to Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and was undersecretary of the Air Force, deputy undersecretary of the Navy and deputy director of the Commission on the Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism.

Obama will also nominate O’Connor, the deputy assistant to the president and deputy White House counsel, as the general counsel for DoD.

O’Connor has previously performed legal functions with the Department of Health and Human Services and the Internal Revenue Service.

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