Politic: The Pentagon’s main arms office faces vacancies as the military rushes to focus on China
The Biden administration has been slow to announce candidates for the 58 Senate confirmed positions at the Pentagon.
The Pentagon is facing a leadership vacuum in the office charged with purchasing and modernizing its weapons and developing new technologies, even as the Biden administration pushes through its first budget and launches extensive reviews on nuclear strategy and policy.
Stacy Cummings, who served as Undersecretary of Defense for the acquisition and retention, will be leaving the Pentagon in the coming weeks, a Pentagon spokesperson told POLITICO. Two people familiar with the situation say Cummings is taking a stand within NATO.
“Succession plans are in place to ensure continuity of operations and support for the Secretary’s priorities,” Pentagon spokeswoman Jessica Maxwell said in a statement.
“We will announce the transition plan in the coming weeks.” Cummings’ departure comes after Biden administration’s choice to accept the job, Michael Brown, withdrew from consideration on Tuesday due to an ongoing investigation by the inspector general into hiring practices in his current role as chief of staff. ‘Defense Innovation Unit of the Department of Defense.
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WNU Editor: They will soon be filled.
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