Biden appoints chief of defense industrial policy

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WASHINGTON — US President Joe Biden plans to nominate Laura Taylor-Kale, a trade official in the Obama administration, to head the Pentagon’s industrial policy, the White House announced Friday.

Taylor-Kale, if confirmed by the Senate as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Policy, would fill that role as the industry faces supply chain and labor challenges in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Since 2017 she has been the Innovation, Labor Force and Industrial Policy Fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations. Taylor-Kale previously served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Manufacturing and as Senior Advisor on Policy and Operations at the US Development Finance Corporation.

The Pentagon‘s Office of Industrial Policy was reorganized last month to improve oversight of the defense industrial base, Defense One was first to report. The Pentagon added a new deputy assistant secretary for industrial base resilience and another to focus on industrial base development and international engagement.

Deborah Rosenblum, Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, has served as Assistant Secretary of Defense for Industrial Baseline Policy.

Joe Gould is senior Pentagon reporter for Defense News, covering the intersection of national security policy, government and the defense industry.

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