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David Norquist Becomes Acting Defense Secretary; DOD Announces Interim Secretaries for U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force

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David Norquist
David Norquist Acting Secretary DOD

David Norquist, deputy secretary of the Department of Defense (DOD) and a two-time Wash100 Award winner, has assumed responsibilities as acting secretary of Defense to ensure continuity of operations and readiness at the Pentagon until a new DOD secretary is confirmed, DOD said Wednesday.

John Roth, who performed the duties of the undersecretary of the Air Force between May and December of last year, assumed the role of acting secretary of the Air Force. He previously served as assistant secretary of the Air Force for financial management and comptroller from January 2018 to May 2020.

John Whitley, assistant sectary of the Army for financial management and comptroller, was named acting secretary of the Army. He previously served as a senior fellow at the Institute for Defense Analyses.

Tom Harker, who previously performed the duties of the undersecretary of defense comptroller, took over as acting secretary of the Navy. He was sworn in as assistant secretary of the Navy for financial management and controller three years ago.