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Pete Aldridge

Thomas W. O'Connell, a former CIA analyst, is the new assistant secretary of Defense for special operations and low-intensity conflicts.

He was sworn in late last month as Defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld's newest civilian adviser.
He will help develop policies and plans for Special Operations Forces and small conflicts.

O'Connell most recently was a senior manager for Raytheon Co.'s intelligence and information systems group.

He also previously worked as an advanced project manager for the intelligence and electronic warfare division at Chrysler Corp. and spent several years at the CIA as a chief in the Office of Military Affairs.

Victor R. McCrary Jr. recently left the National Institute of Standards and Technology to become the business area executive for science and technology at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Laboratory in Laurel, Md.

McCrary had been chief of NIST's Convergent Information Systems Division, which studied integrated information systems.

Former Defense Department procurement chief E.C. 'Pete' Aldridge Jr. has joined the board of Lockheed Martin Corp. He re-tired in May as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Aldridge also has been named by Rumsfeld to lead a panel studying DOD reorganization.

A longtime fixture in Defense circles, Aldridge previously worked as secretary of the Air Force and president of what was McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems, now part of Boeing Co.

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