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Susie Perez Quinn Appointed NASA Chief of Staff; Bill Nelson Quoted

Susie Perez Quinn

Susie Perez Quinn, formerly director of government relations at the National Governors Association, has joined NASA as chief of staff and she will oversee day-to-day operations at the space agency's Washington, D.C., headquarters. Quinn will also help NASA Administrator William Nelson craft policies and programs. 

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NASA’s Vanessa Wyche Named Acting Director of Johnson Space Center; Bill Nelson Quoted

Vanessa Wyche

Vanessa Wyche, deputy director of NASA's Johnson Space Center, has been appointed to serve as the facility's top official on an acting basis. She will temporarily succeed Mark Geyer, who is stepping down to focus on his health amid a cancer diagnosis. Wyche has been with NASA for over three decades. 

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VP Kamala Harris Named Head of National Space Council

Kamala Harris

Vice President Kamala Harris has been appointed to lead the National Space Council (NSC) responsible for crafting space-related national security strategies and space policies for the White House. "As I've said before: In America when we shoot for the moon, we plant our flag on it. I am honored to lead our National Space Council," Harris said in a tweet.

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Acting Intelligence Community General Counsel Thomas Monheim Nominated for Full-Time Role; Avril Haines Quoted

Thomas Monheim

Thomas Monheim, acting inspector general of the intelligence community, has received President Biden's nomination to fill the role on a full-time basis. Monheim formerly served as the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's (NGA) general counsel. He is a recipient of the Presidential Meritorious Executive Award, the DNI Exceptional Service Award, and other forms of recognition.

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White House Announces Nominees for National Security Positions at DOD, State Department

White House

President Biden has announced plans to nominate seven individuals to serve in key national security roles at the departments of State and Defense. DOD nominees are Brenda Sue Fulton, Christopher Maier, Deborah Rosenblum and Shawn Skelly. The president's picks for national security posts at the State Department are Donald Lu, Sarah Margon and Jessica Lewis.

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Oceanography Vet Rick Spinrad Nominated NOAA Administrator

Rick Spinrad

Rick Spinrad, formerly the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) chief scientist, has been nominated to lead the agency and serve as the undersecretary for oceans and atmosphere. Spinrad teaches oceanography as a professor at Oregon State University and serves on the National Academies' Ocean Studies Board, the White House said Thursday.

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GE’s Peter Prowitt to Serve as Aerospace Industries Association’s CIO

Peter Prowitt

Peter Prowitt, the executive director of global government relations at General Electric's (NYSE: GE) aviation arm, has been appointed to serve as the Aerospace Industries Association's chief operating officer, Inside Defense reported Wednesday. He will begin his tenure as AIA CIO in July and succeed Bob Durbin, a former U.S. Army officer, who will soon retire from the association.

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Former DOD Acquisition Chief Ellen Lord Appointed as Senior Fellow at Johns Hopkins APL

Ellen Lord

Johns Hopkins University's Applied Physics Laboratory (APL) has named Ellen Lord, former undersecretary for acquisition and sustainment at the Department of Defense (DOD) and four-time Wash100 Award recipient, as a senior fellow. She will be responsible for providing the lab with insights on government- and military-related technology and policy decisions. 

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Carnegie Mellon Appoints Gregory Touhill Director of Software Engineering Institute’s CERT Division

Gregory Touhill

Former Federal Chief Information Security Officer Gregory Touhill has been appointed director of the CERT division at Carnegie Mellon University's Software Engineering Institute, a research and development center sponsored by the Department of Defense (DOD). Touhill will lead the division's work with the public and private sectors to develop approaches for defending U.S. information systems from cybersecurity threats.

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David Bennett Stepping Down as DISA’s Director of Operations; Retiring on April 28th

David Bennett

David Bennett, director of operations at the Defense Information Systems Agency (DISA), will step down and retire on April 28th after years with the U.S. government. Bennett's earlier DISA career includes work between 2003 and 2005 when he served as a program manager for global command and control systems, according to his LinkedIn profile.

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