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Erin Conaton (F95) Nominated to Key U.S. Defense Department Post

President Announces Picks for Top DOD Posts

President Barack Obama today nominated four people to fill key Defense Department posts.

The president nominated Erin C. Conaton as undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness; Frank Kendall III as undersecretary for defense for acquisition, technology and logistics; James N. Miller as undersecretary of defense for policy; and Jessica Lynn Wright as assistant secretary of defense for reserve affairs.

The nominations are subject to Senate confirmation.

“I am grateful that these talented and dedicated individuals have agreed to take on these important roles and devote their talents to serving the American people. I look forward to working with them in the coming months and years,” the president said yesterday in a statement announcing his intent to send the nominations to the Senate.

Conaton currently is undersecretary of the Air Force. She previously served in various positions on the House Armed Services Committee, culminating in her term as staff director from 2007 to 2010. From 1998 to 2001, she worked on the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century, also known as the Hart-Rudman Commission. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.

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