- By Laura RozenLaura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.
The Senate confirmed by unanimous consent this afternoon three senior Defense Department nominees, the Senate Armed Services Committee reports:
Elizabeth L. King to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Legislative Affairs;
Wallace C. Gregson to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs;
Michael Nacht to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs;
As the new A/S of Defense for Global Strategic Affairs, Nacht takes on a reconfigured post in the Defense Department policy shop. His portfolio includes countering weapons of mass destruction proliferation, missile defense policy, cyber security and space policy. A dean and professor of public policy at the University of California, Berkeley, Nacht previously served as a Clinton-era official at the Arms Control and Disarmament Agency.
King, the new A/S of Defense for Legislative Affairs, previously served as a long-time defense staffer for Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI).
Ltn. Gen. Chip Gregson (ret.), the newly confirmed A/S for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs, previously served as the Commander of U.S. Marine forces in the Pacific. Earlier in his career, Gregson served as the director of Asia and Pacific Affairs in the Office of the Undersecretary of Defense for Policy.