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Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced several DoD appointments. Among them, several culled from the ranks of think tank-dom, including: Kathleen Hicks, a former CSIS senior fellow, who has been named deputy under secretary of defense, strategic plans and forces. David Ochmanek, a former Rand scholar, has been named deputy assistant secretary of defense for ...

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced several DoD appointments. Among them, several culled from the ranks of think tank-dom, including: Kathleen Hicks, a former CSIS senior fellow, who has been named deputy under secretary of defense, strategic plans and forces. David Ochmanek, a former Rand scholar, has been named deputy assistant secretary of defense for forces transformation and resources. Former Atlantic Council VP James Townsend has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO. His principal deputy, Julianne Smith, hails from CSIS. Former CNAS senior fellow Colin Kahl has been named deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East. Former CSIS fellow Christine Wormuth has been named principal deputy assistant secretary, homeland defense and America's security affairs. Former NDU professor Rebecca Hersmanm has been named assistant secretary of defense, countering weapons of mass destruction.

Undersecretary of defense for policy Michelle Flournoy seems to be importing all of her former colleagues from CSIS and CNAS into the Pentagon, says a Hill Democratic staffer, noting that three of the six latest appointments above fit that bill.

Other appointments Gates announced:

Defense Secretary Robert Gates has announced several DoD appointments. Among them, several culled from the ranks of think tank-dom, including: Kathleen Hicks, a former CSIS senior fellow, who has been named deputy under secretary of defense, strategic plans and forces. David Ochmanek, a former Rand scholar, has been named deputy assistant secretary of defense for forces transformation and resources. Former Atlantic Council VP James Townsend has been appointed deputy assistant secretary of defense for Europe and NATO. His principal deputy, Julianne Smith, hails from CSIS. Former CNAS senior fellow Colin Kahl has been named deputy assistant secretary of defense for the Middle East. Former CSIS fellow Christine Wormuth has been named principal deputy assistant secretary, homeland defense and America’s security affairs. Former NDU professor Rebecca Hersmanm has been named assistant secretary of defense, countering weapons of mass destruction.

Undersecretary of defense for policy Michelle Flournoy seems to be importing all of her former colleagues from CSIS and CNAS into the Pentagon, says a Hill Democratic staffer, noting that three of the six latest appointments above fit that bill.

Other appointments Gates announced:

Richard Davison, foreign relations and defense policy manager, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy) reassigned to foreign relations and defense policy manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities), Washington, D.C.

Thomas P. Dee, director, Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, D.C, John W. Fischer, director, Defense Laboratory Programs, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, D.C.

Robert A. Gold, director, engineering, prototyping, and technology integration reassigned to deputy director, space and intelligence capabilities, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics), Washington, D.C.

Elizabeth McGrath, assistant deputy under secretary for business integration, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) reassigned to assistant deputy chief management officer, Office of the Deputy Chief Management Officer, Washington, D.C.

Barry Pavel, who has worked on detail from the DoD to the NSC, has been reassigned to foreign relations and defense policy manager, Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Special Operations/Low-Intensity Conflict and Interdependent Capabilities), Washington, D.C.

Robert Salesses, foreign relations and defense policy manager, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Crisis Management) reassigned to foreign relations and defense policy manager, Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense (Homeland Defense), Washington, D.C.

Laura Rozen writes The Cable daily at ForeignPolicy.com.

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