Lt. Col. Carla Gleason, spokesperson for the Department of Defense, has confirmed that David Trachtenberg is stepping down as deputy undersecretary of defense for policy, Defense News reported Saturday. Trachtenberg’s retirement followed his comments to the media on Turkey's removal from the F-35 program.
Prior to his confirmation in 2017, Trachtenberg served as CEO of Shortwaver Consulting and held leadership roles at CACI International. He also spent time with the House Armed Services Committee and was principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for international security policy for two years.
According to Gleason, the Pentagon will name a replacement for Trachtenberg at a “later time”.