Scott Baum, principal director of industrial policy at the Department of Defense (DoD), will serve as deputy assistant secretary of defense for industrial policy on an interim basis, Politico reported Thursday.
He will succeed Jennifer Santos, who will transition to a role within the U.S. Navy under the office of James Geurts, assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition and a 2020 Wash100 Award recipient.
"The department’s commitment to closely partnering with the defense industry remains unwavering, and we will continue to identify and mitigate impacts from the COVID-19 national emergency to ensure readiness and modernization," said Lt. Col. Mike Andrews, a spokesperson for DoD.
Baum previously served as director of the office of commercial and economic analysis at the U.S. Air Force and program manager for applied research projects within the office of the defense undersecretary for intelligence. He also served in the U.S. Army as a commissioned officer.