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James Shinn, of New Jersey, has been nominated to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs.

James Shinn, of New Jersey, has been nominated to be Assistant Secretary of Defense for Asian and Pacific Security Affairs. (Courtesy of the Defense Department)

WASHINGTON — President Bush on Tuesday nominated James Shinn to be the new assistant secretary of defense for Asian and Pacific security affairs, a new post within the Defense Department.

Shinn currently serves 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 Jersey native is a Princeton University graduate and co-founded the software firm Dialogic, now a division of Intel.

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.

No hearings have been scheduled yet for Shinn’s confirmation.

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