Krieg gets Senate nod for DOD post

The Senate has confirmed Kenneth J. Krieg as undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Krieg, formerly the Defense Department's director for program analysis and evaluation, was confirmed to the DOD's top acquisition post May 26. He replaces Michael Wynne, who received a recess appointment when the position first became vacant.

A recess appointment is given when a job becomes vacant while the Senate is in recess. In these instances, the president can fill the office, but the appointee serves only until the congressional season ends. The appointee then leaves office or stands for formal confirmation by the Senate.

Wynne will remain undersecretary until Krieg is sworn in within the next two weeks.

Krieg previously worked as vice president and general manager of International Paper in Memphis, Tenn., and Purchase, N.Y. He also served as executive assistant to the deputy secretary in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. He received a bachelor's degree from Davidson College and a master's from Harvard University's Kennedy School of Government.

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