Trump Administration proposes John Rood as the undersecretary of defense for policy

His past experience includes working as an analyst in the CIA for 11 years tracking missiles programs in foreign countries.

The White House has disclosed President Donald Trump plans on naming a senior executive from Lockheed Martin Corp as the undersecretary of defense for policy.

John Rood, a senior executive at defense contractor Lockheed Martin Corp who has 20 years of experience in various government roles, is slated to take up the No. 3 spot at the Pentagon.

A native of Arizona, Rood, has previously worked for Raytheon Inc as we well as in the State Department. He was also an official at the National Security Council in President George W. Bush’s administration.

His appointment to the job is subject to Senate confirmation.

Rood has served 11 years as an analyst at the Central Intelligence Agency, following missile programs in foreign countries, and was the deputy assistant secretary for forces policy in the Defense Department.

He was also a senior policy adviser to former Republican U.S. Senator Jon Kyl from Arizona.

At Lockheed, as the senior vice president for Lockheed Martin International, his responsibilities included managing marketing and government relationships.

Army Secretary Mark Esper is a former lobbyist at Raytheon, as well as a retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel.


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