Shinn named as assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs
WASHINGTON — The Senate on Wednesday approved James Shinn as assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, a new post within the Defense Department.
Senators also confirmed Mary Beth Long as assistant secretary of defense for international security affairs. She had been principal deputy of that division.
Shinn had served as principal deputy assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs. Prior to that he worked as a national intelligence officer for East Asia for the Central Intelligence Agency and National Intelligence Council.
The new assistant secretary post was authorized by Congress last year. Earlier this year, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates announced his intention to have the post focus on defense policy related to Pacific issues.
Shinn, a New Jersey native, is a Princeton University graduate and co-founded the software firm Dialogic, now a division of Intel.
Long worked as deputy assistant secretary of defense for counternarcotics prior to her international security post, and had previously held positions at the CIA, DEA, and FBI.
The Senate also approved two Air Force assistant secretaries: Craig Duehring, for manpower and reserve affairs; and John Gibson for financial management.