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Amanda Toman Named Acting Principal Director for 5G Initiative at DOD

Amanda Toman

Amanda Toman reportedly assumed the role of acting principal director for 5G initiative at the Department of Defense following Joseph Evans' departure from the role within the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Research and Engineering in mid-August. The temporary Pentagon 5G lead has worked the department for over a decade now.

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VA Exec Neil Evans Named Department’s Acting CIO

Neil Evans

Neil Evans, chief officer of the Department of Veterans Affairs' (VA) Office of Connected Care, has been appointed to serve as the VA's chief information officer on an acting basis. He will fill VA's top information executive role, succeeding Dominic Cussatt, who has transferred to the State Department. VA's Office of Connected Care develops and implements digital health strategies across the agency.

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Meredith Berger to Perform Duties of Navy Undersecretary

Meredith Berger

Meredith Berger assistant secretary of the Navy for energy, installations and environment has succeeded the retiring James Geurts to perform the duties of the U.S. Navy's undersecretary. Berger formerly served as the deputy chief of staff to the secretary of the Navy, a role she held from 2014 to 2017, the Navy said Monday.

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4 Space Execs Added to Slingshot Aerospace’s Advisory Board; Melanie Stricklan Quoted

Advisory Board

Slingshot Aerospace has named four executives with industry, government and academia experience to join its advisory board as the simulation and analytics company works to deliver space domain-focused technologies to customers. The company said the new advisors are Dan Berkenstock, Kathleen Howell, Kevin O’Connell and Mandy Vaughn.

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Angelica Phaneuf Leads Army Software Factory’s Information Security

Angelica Phaneuf

Angelica Phaneuf, formerly chief of cybersecurity engineering for the U.S. Air Force's Kessel Run software development unit, has been named chief information security officer of the U.S. Army's software factory. Her LinkedIn page indicates that she has been the software factory's CISO since June this year.

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White House Appoints Chirag Parikh as National Space Council Executive Secretary

Chirag Parikh

Chirag Parikh, former director of space policy at the National Security Council, has been named executive secretary of the White House National Space Council chaired by Vice President Kamala Harris. He will join the council from Microsoft, where he has served as senior director of Azure Space since January 2020.

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President Biden Eyeing to Nominate Alex Wagner as US Air Force Assistant Secretary For Manpower, Reserve Affairs

Alex Wagner

President Biden is eyeing to select Alex Wagner, Aerospace Industries Association vice president for strategic initiatives, as the U.S. Air Force assistant secretary for manpower and reserve affairs nominee, Air Force Times reported Friday. If confirmed, he will be in charge of handling military and civilian personnel concerns, Reserve components affairs and ensure the readiness of an estimated 700,000 workforce members in the Department of the Air Force. 

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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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