Erin Conaton Nominated by President Obama to be Under Secretary of the Air ForceNovember 12, 2009 # 4:27 pm # Armed Conflict, Foreign Policy # No Comment
President Obama announced his intent to nominate the following individuals today:
Erin C. Conaton, Nominee for Under Secretary of the Air Force, Department of Defense
Erin C. Conaton is currently the staff director for the House of Representatives’ Committee on Armed Services (HASC). In that capacity, she serves as the primary advisor to Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) and the 61 other members of the Armed Services Committee. She directs the committee’s 70 person staff who support the HASC members with drafting and negotiating each year’s National Defense Authorization Act, which provides annual funding and authorities to the Department of Defense. In the 109th Congress, she was the committee’s Minority Staff Director. Prior to that, since joining the HASC staff in 2001, she served as a Professional Staff Member covering a range of defense policy issues. Before joining the committee staff, she was the Research Staff Director for the U.S. Commission on National Security/21st Century (the Hart-Rudman Commission) in the Department of Defense. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University’s School of Foreign Service and a master’s degree from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
I am honored to note that Erin was a student of mine at Georgetown a number of years ago. I extend to her my deepest congratulations! I know that she will be outstanding in this new post.