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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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Melissa Dalton Nominated as DOD Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense, Global Security Affairs

Melissa Dalton

Melissa Dalton, principal deputy assistant secretary for strategy, plans and capabilities at the Department of Defense, has been nominated to serve as DOD's assistant secretary for homeland defense and global security affairs, the White House announced Friday. Dalton took on her current role in January 2021 after she served as a senior fellow and deputy director of the international security program at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

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DARPA’s David Honey Nominated to DOD Research, Engineering Undersecretary Role


President Biden has named Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency's (DARPA) David Honey as his pick to become the Department of Defense deputy undersecretary for research and engineering. Honey currently serves as a guide for collaborative efforts between the defense research organization and other agencies as a special assistant to the DARPA director. 

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President Biden Picks Jonathan Kanter for DOJ Antitrust Division’s Assistant Attorney General

Jonathan Kanter

Jonathan Kanter, a more than two-decade legal professional, will be nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant attorney general for the Department of Justice's antitrust division, the White House announced Tuesday. Kanter is a founding partner at Washington, D.C.-based Kanter Law Group and is known for advocating antitrust enforcement in the technology industry.

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Former NIST Official Laurie Locascio Nominated Commerce Undersecretary for Standards, Technology

Laurie Locascio

The White House has named Laurie Locascio, a 28-year veteran of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and current vice president of research at the University of Maryland, as President Biden's pick for commerce undersecretary for standards and technology. She also teaches at the university's bioengineering and pharmacology departments. 

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Attorney Rachel Jacobson Nominated to Oversee Army Installation, Environmental Programs

Rachel Jacobson

Rachel Jacobson, a special counsel at Washington, D.C.-based law firm WilmerHale, has been nominated by President Biden to serve as assistant secretary for Installations, Energy and Environment at the U.S. Army. She previously held senior positions within the departments of Justice, Interior and Defense.

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Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton Nominated to Lead AF Global Strike Command

Gen. Anthony Cotton

Lt. Gen. Anthony Cotton, deputy commander of Air Force Global Strike Command (AFGSC) since October 2019, was nominated by President Biden to serve as AFGSC's next commander. In his current capacity, Cotton helps oversee the organization that supports geographic combatant commands in global strike, strategic deterrence and combat operations.

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U.S. Russia Foundation Head Celeste Wallander Nominated to DOD International Security Affairs Post

Celeste Wallander

President Biden has nominated Celeste Wallander, president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation, to serve as assistant secretary for international security affairs at the Department of Defense (DOD). Wallander, president and CEO of the U.S.-Russia Foundation, would return to DOD and advise the defense secretary on international security strategy and policy matters if the Senate confirms her nomination. 

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Rear Adm. Francies Morley Nominated Military Deputy to Navy Acquisition

Rear Adm. Francis Morley

Rear Adm. Francis Morley has been nominated to serve as the next principal military deputy to James Geurts, assistant secretary of the U.S. Navy for research, development and acquisition as well as a 2021 Wash100 Award winner. Morley, the current chief of naval international programs, will also be elevated to the rank of vice-admiral if confirmed. 

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