Military Capabilities

Senate confirms top Pentagon policy shop official

17 October 2017

The US Senate on 17 confirmed David Trachtenberg in a 79-17 vote to become the next deputy undersecretary of defence for policy.

Trachtenberg most recently headed Shortwaver Consulting and was a senior advisor at Renaissance Strategic Advisors. From 2001-03 he was principal deputy assistant secretary of defence for international security policy, and before that was a professional staffer with the House Armed Services Committee.

The Senate Armed Services Committee first received Trachtenberg's nomination in March and reported it to the full Senate in July, which was a relatively slow advancement.

From his new position, Trachtenberg will weigh in on some important ongoing Pentagon assessments, such as the Nuclear Posture Review (NPR) and Ballistic Missile Defense Review (BMDR).

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