U.S. Navy Capt. David Manero, special assistant to the Defense Intelligence Agency, has been appointed defense attache to Russia.
Navy Secretary Ray MabusÂ and Adm. John Richardson, chief of naval operations, announced Maneroâs new assignment in a Defense Department news release published Thursday.
The Navy Attache AffairsÂ office screens and selects the candidates who will represent the service branch to internationalÂ governments.
President Barack Obama also endorsed Manero’s promotion to the rank of rear admiral in April 2015.
The nearly 30-year Navy veteran also serves as integration branch head for international affairs at the chief of naval operations office.
He previously served as chief of the Europe division and security cooperation programs division of the U.S. European Command.