The White House announced Friday evening President Trump has tapped Michael Griffin, formerly chief executive of the Schafer Corp., to serve as principal deputy under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
Griffin previously served as NASA administrator.
He has been the leading candidate to serve as the Pentagon’s under secretary of defense for research and engineering. That role was created by the Fiscal Year 2017 National Defense Authorization Act, which split the role of under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics into two.
The USD R&E is expected to serve as DOD's de facto chief innovation officer, while Ellen Lord, the USD AT&L, is expected to be nominated as under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.
Additionally, the White House also announced Trump intends to nominate Randall Schriver to serve as assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific affairs. He is a founding partner of consulting firm Armitage International and chief executive of nonprofit research organization the Project 2049 Institute.
Schriver previously served as deputy assistant secretary of state for East Asian and Pacific Affairs and spent two years as chief of staff to the deputy secretary of state, according to the White House.