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Obama Eyes Senior Pentagon Official for Key Nuclear-Arms Post

President Obama on Wednesday said he plans to nominate a top Defense Department strategic-policy official to help oversee the U.S. Energy Department's nuclear-weapons branch, according to a White House press release.

Madelyn Creedon is expected to go before the Senate Armed Services Committee for consideration to take over as principal deputy administrator of the National Nuclear Nuclear Security Administration. The White House as of press time had not formally submitted her nomination to Congress.

If confirmed, Creedon would take a senior role in the semiautonomous agency overseeing the U.S. nuclear arsenal and its supporting infrastructure. She would serve under NNSA Acting Administrator Bruce Held, who holds the agency's top spot.

Creedon has served at the Pentagon since 2011 as assistant secretary of Defense for global strategic affairs. Prior to that, she held posts as a Democratic policy adviser on the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee, and as a Clinton-era associate deputy Energy Secretary.

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