President Barack Obama on Wednesday announced his intent to nominate Lisa Disbrow to be the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Financial Management. Disbrow has served as the vice director for force structure, resources, and assessment on the Joint Staff since 2009. She is a retired Air Force Reserve colonel who served in a variety of roles, including as an operational planner, electronic intelligence analyst, and programming officer. If confirmed, Disbrow would replace Jamie Morin who was nominated in September 2013 to be the Pentagon’s director of cost assessment and program evaluation. Obama also announced on Wednesday his intent to nominate Laura Junor to be principal deputy undersecretary of defense for personnel and readiness. Junor currently serves as the deputy assistant secretary of defense for readiness.
The U.S. supports “a stronger and more capable” European defense, Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III said during an Oct. 22 press conference in Brussels—but that defense should not duplicate the functions and capabilities of the NATO alliance.