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Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld established the office of force Transformation within the office of the secretary of defense and appointed retired Navy Vice Adm. Arthur K. Cebrowski as its director. Cebrowski will report directly to the secretary and deputy secretary of defense.

Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Vern Clark announced the following assignments:

Navy Rear Adm. Harry W. Whiton is being assigned as special assistant to the chief of naval operations for information operations. Whiton currently is serving as commander of the Naval Security Group Command.

Navy Rear Adm. Thomas W. Steffens is being named special assistant to the commander in chief of the Atlantic Fleet. Steffens currently is serving as chief of staff for the U.S. Special Operation Command.

Navy Rear Adm. Bruce W Clingan is appointed as deputy director for operations, J3, for the U.S. Central Command. Clingan currently is serving as commanding officer, USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70).

Navy Rear Adm. Charles H. Johnston Jr. is being assigned as vice commander for the Naval Air Systems Command. Johnston currently is commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center (Weapons Division), in China Lake, Calif.

Navy Rear Adm. David C. Nichols Jr. is named commander of the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, in Fallon, Nev. Nichols is commander of Carrier Group One.

Navy Rear Adm. Donna L. Crisp is appointed deputy chief of staff for shore base management, N46, for the Pacific Fleet in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Crisp currently serves as executive assistant for the deputy commander in chief, U.S. Transportation Command, Scott Air Force Base, Ill.

James F. O'Bryon retired from government service in November. O'Bryon served for 37 years with the Department of Defense, culminating as deputy director, Live Fire Test & Evaluation, Office of the Director, Operational Test & Evaluation. He currently heads the newly formed O'Bryon Group. O'Bryon continues to serve NDIA as the chairman of the Test & Evaluation Division.


Oshkosh truck Corporation named W. John Stoddart to the position of president of defense business. Stoddart also was appointed to an executive vice president of Oshkosh Truck Corporation and continues as a corporate officer of the company Stoddart is chairman of the industrial committee on operational test and evaluation.

Northrop Grumman Corporation, located in Los Angeles, announced the appointment of Scott J. Seymour as corporate vice president and president of the company's Integrated Systems sector.

Seymour is an 18-year company veteran and currently is serving as vice president of the sector's air combat systems business area, based in El Segundo, Calif. Seymour also oversees Northrop Grumman's work as a principal subcontractor on the F/A-18 Super Hornet and Joint Strike Fighter programs.

Also, Northrop Grumman Corporation's Electronic Systems sector, in Baltimore, announced two senior-level executive appointments. James F. Pitts was named vice president and general manager, Aerospace Systems Division. D. Wayne Snodgrass was appointed vice president, Engineering and Manufacturing, succeeding Pitts.

Pitts earned a B.S. in engineering science and a M.S. in electrical engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He also attended the Executive Forum at INSEAD in Fontainebleau, France, in 1995 and the Advanced Management Program at Harvard in 1996. He holds three patents on electronic warfare techniques and developments.

Prior to joining Northrop Grumman, Snodgrass served as vice president and general manager of Gould Inc.'s Ocean Systems Division. Before that, he held a number of technical and management positions with McDonnell Douglas.

Scott D. King has joined Grant Thornton LLP, located in Washington, D.C. King will serve as program director in the firm's global government group, working with clients in the public sector as part of the group's defense consulting practice. King has 15 years of experience supporting both government and Fortune 500 clients in competitive sourcing, performance management and privatization initiatives.

Also, Grant Thornton announced that Diane Hansen Shute has been named a global government group principal, a major accounting, tax and management consulting firm. Shute joined Grant Thornton as a manager in 1996. She was promoted to senior manager in 1998, and became director of Grant Thornton's defense management consulting practice in 2000. As principal, Shute brings industry expertise in federal government total quality management, competitive and strategic sourcing, and business process reengineering, combined with a strong background in industrial engineering.
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Title Annotation:recent defense appointments
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Date:Feb 1, 2002
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