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John Plumb Nominated for Space Policy Leadership Role at DOD

John Plumb

President Biden has nominated John Plumb, formerly the director of defense policy and strategy at the National Security Council (NSC), to become the assistant secretary of defense for space policy. Plumb brings expertise in the areas of nuclear technology, missile defense and space, with more than a century's quarter of national security experience. 

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Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall Vows to Focus on Mission Fulfillment

Frank Kendall

Frank Kendall, a former acquisition chief at the Department of Defense (DOD) and a three-time Wash100 Award winner, was sworn in Wednesday as secretary of the Air Force. "I will be totally focused on ensuring that our Air and Space Forces can fulfill their missions to defend the nation against our most challenging threats, today and into the future,” the 26th SecAF said.

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Pentagon to Announce Transition Plan as Acquisition Office Faces Vacancies


The Department of Defense (DOD) is facing vacancies within its office focused on weapons procurement and modernization efforts. “Succession plans are in place to ensure continuity of operations and support of the Secretary’s priorities," Jessica Maxwell, a spokesperson for the Pentagon, said in a statement. "We will be announcing the transition plan in the coming weeks.”

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FBI Appoints James Brown as Operational Technology Division’s Assistant Director


James “Robert” Brown, former special agent in charge of the FBI's Louisville Field Office in Kentucky, was named as the assistant director of the agency's Operational Technology Division. Brown will support the division as it works to deliver technologies aimed at enabling and enhancing the intelligence, national security and law enforcement operations of the agency.

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NASA Appoints Stephen Koerner as Johnson Space Center’s Deputy Director

Stephen Koerner

Stephen Koerner, former director of Flight Operations Directorate at NASA's Johnson Space Center, was tapped to serve as the research institute's deputy director and help oversee human spaceflight activities at the space agency's Houston, Texas installation. NASA said Monday Koerner will be responsible for assisting JSC Director Vanessa Wyche in managing the center.

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University Professor Susan Margulies to Serve as Head of NSF Engineering Directorate

Susan Margulies

The National Science Foundation has appointed Susan Margulies, a professor at the Georgia Institute of Technology and Emory University, to lead the agency's engineering directorate, effective Aug. 16. Margulies will be the first biomedical engineer to hold the position, NSF said Thursday.

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Former NSA Cyber Adviser Teddy Nemeroff Named to National Security Council

Teddy Nemeroff

Teddy Nemeroff, formerly a senior adviser for cyber policy at the National Security Agency (NSA), has been appointed to serve on the White House's National Security Council. He will serve as the council's director for international cyber policy, a role through which he will help the U.S. government expand cyber policy outside the country.

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Adm. Linda Fagan Succeeds Charles Ray as USCG Vice Commandant

Linda Fagan

Adm. Linda Fagan has assumed the role of the U.S. Coast Guard's (USCG) vice commandant to succeed Adm. Charles Ray, who held the role for three years. Previously, Fagan led USCG's pacific operations as commander of the Coast Guard Pacific Area. Her area of responsibility covered oceans in the western U.S., Asia, Arctic areas and Antarctica. 

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