President Barack Obama plans to nominate Thomas Atkin, a former Raytheon homeland security programs director, and Daniel Feehan, a former White House fellow in the Pentagon, for new positions within the Defense Department.
Obama will nominate Atkin as assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and Feehan as assistant secretary of defense for readiness, the White House said Wednesday.
“I am confident that these experienced and hardworking individuals will help us tackle the important challenges facing America, and I am grateful for their service,” Obama said in announcement, which included other nominations.
Atkin, a retired U.S. Coast Guard rear admiral, is the current principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for homeland defense and has served in various roles for the Coast Guard and National Security Council.
Feehan became the deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness and special assistant to the deputy secretary of defense before being appointed as the principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness in August 2015.