Navy's England tapped to replace Wolfowitz

President Bush plans to nominate Navy Secretary Gordon England to fill the deputy secretary of Defense post when Paul Wolfowitz takes over as head of the World Bank.

England, from Texas, served as Navy secretary from 2001 to 2003, before a brief appointment as deputy secretary of Homeland Security from January 2003 to September 2003. He then returned to the Navy in his old position as secretary.

Prior to his government work, England was executive vice president at General Dynamics Corp. and was the former president of Lockheed Fort Worth and General Dynamics Land Systems. He graduated from the University of Maryland and earned a master's degree from the M.J. School of Business at Texas Christian University.

It had been widely rumored for months that England was leaving the Navy for a top-level position in the Defense Department.

During his two-year stint at the Navy's helm, England is credited with improving management of the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet and with emphasizing procurement of commercial technologies.

Bush also nominated Eric S. Edelman, of Virginia, to the position of undersecretary of Defense for policy. Edelman, a career foreign service officer, served as ambassador to Turkey and was once a senior aide for national security affairs to Vice President Dick Cheney.

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