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State Dept. Vet Tina Kaidanow Appointed DoD International Cooperation Head

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Tina Kaidanow, acting assistant secretary for political-military affairs at the State Department, has been appointed to succeed Keith Webster as the Defense Department‘s director of international cooperation, Breaking Defense reported Wednesday.

Kaidanow is a vocal supporter of government measures designed to increase sales of U.S.-made military technology platforms to the country’s allies and partners.

“We need to think about those areas where we can really enable sales overseas.  We need to think about how might they sell things that are a little bit harder to sell,” she said when the White House unveiled its arms export reform plans in April, according to the report.

In her current role, she serves as a liaison between DOS and DoD and oversees the State Department’s global security partnership efforts.

Her more than two decades of diplomatic service has also included work at U.S. embassies in Kabul, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

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