Obama Eyes Senior Pentagon Official for Key Nuclear-Arms Post

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Global Security Newswire Staff
Nov. 7, 2013, 10:02 a.m.

Pres­id­ent Obama on Wed­nes­day said he plans to nom­in­ate a top De­fense De­part­ment stra­tegic-policy of­fi­cial to help over­see the U.S. En­ergy De­part­ment’s nuc­le­ar-weapons branch, ac­cord­ing to a White House press re­lease.

Madelyn Creedon is ex­pec­ted to go be­fore the Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee for con­sid­er­a­tion to take over as prin­cip­al deputy ad­min­is­trat­or of the Na­tion­al Nuc­le­ar Nuc­le­ar Se­cur­ity Ad­min­is­tra­tion. The White House as of press time had not form­ally sub­mit­ted her nom­in­a­tion to Con­gress.

If con­firmed, Creedon would take a seni­or role in the semi­autonom­ous agency over­see­ing the U.S. nuc­le­ar ar­sen­al and its sup­port­ing in­fra­struc­ture. She would serve un­der NNSA Act­ing Ad­min­is­trat­or Bruce Held, who holds the agency’s top spot.

Creedon has served at the Pentagon since 2011 as as­sist­ant sec­ret­ary of De­fense for glob­al stra­tegic af­fairs. Pri­or to that, she held posts as a Demo­crat­ic policy ad­viser on the U.S. Sen­ate Armed Ser­vices Com­mit­tee, and as a Clin­ton-era as­so­ci­ate deputy En­ergy Sec­ret­ary.


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