England in as deputy secretary of Defense

President Bush used the congressional recess on Wednesday to appoint Gordon England as deputy secretary of Defense.

Bush nominated England last spring to the post after Paul Wolfowitz left, but the nomination was stalled in the Senate allegedly because of pension issues with England's former employer, General Dynamics Corp.

Until last week, England served as both Navy secretary and acting deputy Defense secretary. On Jan. 3, Donald C. Winter, the former president of Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Mission Systems sector, was sworn in as the new Navy secretary.

England also worked briefly as the first deputy secretary of Homeland Security. He graduated from the University of Maryland and earned a master's degree from the M.J. School of Business at Texas Christian University.

'Since joining President Bush's administration in 2001, it has been a profound honor to serve our nation, the magnificent men and women of the United States Navy and Marine Corps and those of the Department of Homeland Security,' England said in a press release. 'I am grateful to the president for asking me to continue serving our armed forces as the deputy to [Defense] secretary [Donald] Rumsfeld.'

The constitution gives the president the authority to make appointments while the Senate is in recess, although those appointees can serve only until the next Congress is installed.

Yesterday, Bush also used a recess appointment for J. Dorrance Smith, assistant secretary of Defense for public affairs.

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