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Former FAA Official Ravi Chaudhary Nominated to Lead Air Force Installations Office

Ravi Chaudhary

Ravi Chaudhary, former director of advanced programs and innovation at the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) commercial space office, has been nominated to serve as assistant secretary for energy, installations and the environment at the Department of the Air Force, the White House announced Thursday.

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Heidi Grant to End Tenure as DSCA Director

Heidi Grant

Heidi Grant, director of the Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA), will step down from her role and transition out of the federal government. She has served as DSCA's director since August 2020 and has contributed 32 years of service to the U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, Joint Staff and other Department of Defense components, DSCA said Tuesday.

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Francis Collins Ending Tenure as NIH Director

Francis Collins

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Director Francis Collins will step down from his role by the end of year, concluding a 12-year tenure as the agency's leader. He will continue to lead a laboratory at NIH's National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), which conducts biological studies on type 2 diabetes, the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday.

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James Geurts Named to Strategic Advisory Board for Intellisense Systems

James Geurts"

James Geurts, who was performing the duties of the undersecretary of the U.S. Navy from February to August this year, has joined other defense industry experts in providing Intellisense Systems with insights as members of its strategic advisory board. He will function in a consultative capacity, drawing from his over 30 years of experience working in the Department of Defense’s various branches.

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President Biden Names 30 Science & Tech Leaders to PCAST

White House

President Biden has announced the 30 members of a new council that will develop and provide the White House with science and technology policy recommendations. Eric Lander, director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will co-chair the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) with Frances Arnold, a Nobel laureate and the Linus Pauling Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology, and Maria Zuber, vice president for research and E. A. Griswold Professor of Geophysics at MIT

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Ashish Vazirani Nominated as DOD Deputy Undersecretary for Personnel, Readiness

Ashish Vazirani

President Biden has nominated Ashish Vazirani, principal of A2O Strategies and former executive director and CEO of the National Military Family Association, as deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. During his stint at NMFA, the White House said Tuesday that he oversaw the strategies and operations of the organization’s advocacy and programs, such as the child care fee relief initiative, aimed at helping military families.

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Douglas Bush Nominated Full-Time Army Acquisition Lead

Douglas Bush

Douglas Bush, acting assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology at the U.S. Army, is set to receive a presidential nomination to serve in the role on a full-time basis, the White House said Tuesday. Bush would continue to oversee the service branch's acquisition programs if the Senate approves the appointment.

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Ted Kaouk Set to Join OPM as Chief Data Officer

Ted Kaouk

Ted Kaouk, chief data officer of the Department of Agriculture (USDA), will be transitioning to the Office of Personnel Management (OPM) in October as its CDO. He is also slated to assume the role of deputy director for human capital data management and modernization at OPM while Chris Alvarez will succeed him as USDA acting chief data officer. 

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Former Joint AI Center Chief John Shanahan Now CNAS’ New Adjunct Senior Fellow; Martijn Rasser Quoted

John Shanahan

John Shanahan, the former Joint Artificial Intelligence Center (JAIC) director and a two-time Wash100 Award recipient, has joined think tank Center for a New American Security (SNAS) as an adjunct senior fellow. He will conduct research on the adoption of AI for military applications as a top fellow in the Technology and National Security Program, CNAS said Tuesday.

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Carnegie Mellon’s Nickolas Guertin in Line to Become Next Defense OT&E Director

Nickolas Guertin

Nickolas Guertin, a senior software systems engineer at Carnegie Mellon University, has been nominated by President Biden to become the Department of Defense's (DoD) director of operational test and evaluation (DOT&E). The Reading, Connecticut native was a former U.S. Navy serviceman with experience in ship construction and maintenance, systems engineering, weapons testing and development, and submarine operations, the White House said Thursday.

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