President Nominates Navy Secretary for Pentagon's No. 2 Position
By John D. Banusiewicz
American Forces Press Service
WASHINGTON, Apr. 1, 2005 President Bush has nominated Navy Secretary Gordon R. England to succeed Paul Wolfowitz as deputy secretary of defense.
Wolfowitz was confirmed as the next World Bank president March 31, and his term will begin June 1.
In a written statement, England said he is "honored and humbled" by his selection as Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld's deputy, and added that serving sailors, Marines and their families as Navy secretary has been "a profound honor."
"I also appreciate Secretary Rumsfeld's support and wish my friend and colleague Paul Wolfowitz the best of luck as he takes on the important work of the World Bank," the statement read.
England has served twice as Navy secretary, interrupted by a nine-month stint in 2003 as deputy secretary of homeland security.
He currently serves in two other DoD capacities. England has been the implementing authority for the Combatant Status Review Tribunal, the vehicle where detainees at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, could have their status as enemy combatants reviewed by a military panel. The Navy secretary has also been the lead official for moving DoD civilians into the new National Security Personnel System.
Previously, England was executive vice president of General Dynamics. Earlier in his career, he was president of Lockheed Fort Worth and president of General Dynamics Land Systems. He earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and his master's from the M.J. Neeley School of Business at Texas Christian University. He is a Baltimore native.
The White House also announced March 31 that the president intends to nominate Eric S. Edelman to succeed Douglas J. Feith as undersecretary of defense for policy. Edelman, a career foreign service officer, is U.S. ambassador to Turkey and previously served as principal deputy assistant to the vice president for national security affairs.
Both nominations are subject to Senate conformation.