DOD announces acting assistant secretary for space policy

By Shelley K. Mesch / May 20, 2024 at 11:15 AM

Vipin Narang will be the acting assistant defense secretary for space policy starting today, the Defense Department announced, following the departure of John Plumb.

Narang was previously the principal deputy assistant secretary for space policy under Plumb, who announced his pending departure earlier this year.

Plumb -- the first to hold the title -- filled the role from March 2022 until this month. During his time, he “effectively and skillfully managed the department’s strategic capabilities for integrated deterrence: space, nuclear weapons, missile defense and countering weapons of mass destruction,” an announcement of the leadership transition posted Friday states.

Plumb had not announced what his next plans were but has said he only planned to hold the DOD role for two years when he accepted his nomination.

The White House has yet to nominate a full-time replacement for the position.