Trump ready to nominate new nuke official

By Tony Bertuca / May 27, 2020 at 1:19 PM

President Trump intends to nominate Lucas Polakowski to become assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, and biological defense programs, according to a White House announcement.

Polakowski most recently served as the managing member of Everest Technology, a national security consulting firm.

He previously served in the Army for more than 36 years "principally involving nuclear, chemical, and biological defense matters," the White House said. "His military service culminated in his role as the deputy director of the United States Strategic Command Center for Combating Weapons of Mass Destruction and commander of the Standing Joint Force Headquarters for WMD Elimination."

Polakowski retired as a major general in the Army reserve.

Meanwhile, the ASD post for which Polakowski is being considered was previously occupied by Guy Roberts.

Roberts resigned in April 2019 amid allegations of sexual harassment, which were eventually substantiated by the Defense Department Inspector General.