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Elissa Slotkin Named a DoD Intl Security Affairs Lead, Promoted to SES

Elissa Slotkin, formerly a foreign affairs specialist at the Defense Department, has been appointed principal deputy assistant defense secretary for international security affairs. The Defense Department said Slotkin was also promoted to the Senior Executive Service. According to Al-Monitor, Slotkin will serve as top adviser to Derek Chollet, the Pentagon’s …

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Report: John Kerry Floated as Possible Defense Secretary Candidate

The names of Deputy Defense Secretary Ashton Carter and former defense policy undersecretary Michele Flournoy are frequently floated as possible successors to Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, should he choose to step down. According to the Washington Post, the name of Sen. John Kerry (D-Mass.) has also come up and President …

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Report: 6 Cabinet Posts Could Open for Obama’s 2nd Term

According to a GovExec report, six Cabinet positions could see changes for President Barack Obama’s second term, continuing a historical trend of turnover for two-term presidents. Sophie Quinton writes that on average, for the five two-term presidencies since World War II, only one of two Cabinet officers have stayed for …

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Obama Nominates Frederick Vollrath Pentagon Force, Readiness Lead

President Barack Obama has nominated Frederick Vollrath for promotion to assistant defense secretary for readiness and force management, the Defense Department announced Thursday. Since March 26, Vollrath has performed those duties as principal deputy assistant secretary for readiness and force management. He oversees policy regarding civilian and military personnel, force …

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Panetta Wants Senate Support For Pentagon 2013 Budget Request

Defense Secretary Leon Panetta recently asked a Senate panel to support the Pentagon’s budget request for fiscal year 2013, the American Forces Press Service reports. Panetta told the Senate Appropriations subcommittee on defense that the DoD’s budget request are based on the military spending projections from department leaders. Some of …

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Senate Confirms Frank Kendall Among Slate Of Defense Nominees

The Senate has confirmed seven officials to fill senior positions across the Defense Department, the Examiner reports. Frank Kendall will serve as undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics, succeeding Ashton Carter, who was promoted to the Pentagon’s number two post. Other confirmations include: Katharina McFarland, assistant secretary for ATL Jessica …

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