President Biden announces key national security appointments


WASHINGTON – Today, President Joe Biden announced his intention to appoint the following four individuals to key national security positions:

  • Shannon Corless, Candidate for Deputy Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury
  • Carrie Ricci, candidate for the post of attorney general of the army, Ministry of Defense
  • Douglas Bush, candidate for Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Department of Defense
  • Ashish Vazirani, Candidate for Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Ministry of Defense

Shannon Corless, Candidate for Deputy Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, Department of the Treasury

Shannon Ratliff Corless is a Career Intelligence Professional with nearly 20 years of experience culminating in senior leadership responsibilities. She is currently head of the intelligence community and head of national intelligence for economic security and financial intelligence in the office of the director of national intelligence (ODNI). In this role, she leads inter-agency and foreign partnership activities related to economic security, energy security, export controls, investment security, sanctions, supply chain, telecommunications, threat financing and trade.

Prior to this role, Ms. Corless was Director of the Investment Security Group at the ODNI National Intelligence Council, where she was responsible for leading and coordinating multi-agency intelligence assessments in support of the reviews of security of investments, such as those led by the committee. on foreign investment in the United States. She began her government career at the Office of Naval Intelligence working on maritime security affairs in South Asia. Originally from Tampa, Florida, Ms. Corless received her BA in International Affairs from Florida State University and an MBA from the University of Tampa. Ms. Corless resides in Washington, DC with her husband and two children.

Carrie Ricci, candidate for the post of attorney general of the army, Ministry of Defense

Carrie Ricci is currently Associate General Counsel for the United States Department of Agriculture, where she leads a legal team supporting two mission areas: food safety and marketing and regulatory programs. Previously, she was Deputy General Counsel, Office of the General Advocate, Educational Activity of the Ministry of Defense. Prior to becoming a career public servant, Ms. Ricci served in the United States Army, retiring as a Lt. Col. in 2010. Some of Ms. Ricci’s assignments included Deputy Attorney General, Office of the Attorney General of the American army ; Deputy Judge Advocate, US Army Intelligence and Security Command; Chief, International Law, United States Central Command; Administrative Lawyer, Office of the Judge Advocate General; General Counsel and Operational Law Advocate, 4th Infantry Division; and platoon leader, operations DESERT SHIELD and DESERT STORM. In the fall of 2020, Ms. Ricci was a member of the Fort Hood Independent Review Panel, a five-member panel of highly qualified experts appointed by the Secretary of the Army and the Chief of Staff of the Army to conduct a review of Fort Hood’s Command Climate and Culture, resulting in a 136-page report that sparked a vigorous response intended to benefit Fort Hood and the military as a whole .

Ms. Ricci is a graduate of Georgetown University and the University of Maryland Law School. She holds a Master of Laws (LL.M.) from the Legal Center and School of the Judge Advocate General, and a second LL.M. from the George Washington University School of Law. She is a graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College and holds a Certificate in Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace from the University of South Florida. She resides with her family in Fairfax, Virginia.

Douglas Bush, candidate for Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, Department of Defense

Douglas R. Bush is currently the Army’s Acting Assistant Secretary for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, where he is responsible for leading the Army’s acquisition business, overseeing all Army Acquisition Programs and advising the Secretary of the Army on Acquisition Programs and Strategies. Prior to serving in the Biden-Harris administration, he worked as a staff member of Congress for over eighteen years in various positions in the Senate and House of Representatives. Most recently, from 2019 to 2021, he served as Deputy Director of Personnel for the House Armed Services Committee, where he was responsible for the administration and operations of the committee, while advising President Adam Smith on political matters. From 2007 to 2018, he served on the House Armed Services Committee as a professional member of staff, advising committee members on a wide range of acquisition programs and political matters. During this time, he was responsible for analysis and monitoring of programs under the jurisdiction of the Air and Land Forces Tactical Subcommittee. His areas of interest included Army and Marine Corps aviation, ground combat and network systems, as well as Air Force and Navy fighter jets, systems unmanned and weapons. In addition, for a year, he oversaw the programs and policies of the Seapower and Projection Forces subcommittee, such as Navy shipbuilding and Air Force bombers, transport, and tanker planes. Finally, during three of his years on the committee, he was also part of a team of staff focused on analysis of procurement policies and legislation, including many of the department’s procurement reform efforts. of the defense.

Prior to joining the staff of the House Armed Services Committee, he served as legislative director to Congressman Neil Abercrombie, military legislative assistant to Congressman Jim Cooper and legislative correspondent to Senator Bill Nelson. In these roles, he advised the three members on a range of defense and foreign policy issues and related legislation. Prior to working for Congress, he began his public service career as an armored officer in the military, where he served in the 24th Infantry Division and the 3rd Infantry Division, both at Fort Stewart, Georgia. He holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the United States Military Academy and a Master of Arts in Security Studies from Georgetown University.

Ashish Vazirani, Candidate for Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, Ministry of Defense

Ashish Vazirani is the Director of A2O Strategies, LLC where he provides consulting services to commercial and nonprofit, high growth and large corporations, on the development, implementation and execution of growth strategies. . Most recently, Vazirani served as Executive Director and CEO of the National Military Family Association (NMFA), where he provided strategic and operational oversight and direction of all aspects of NMFA’s advocacy and programming to support families of families. military. During her tenure, the NMFA regained its four-star charity rating and expanded programming, including a Child Care Fee Relief Program. Prior to joining the NMFA, he led the development and programming of the Armed Services YMCA (ASYMCA) where he ensured the implementation and measurement of standardized programs serving junior military families. Vazirani was also selected to serve as a member of the National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine Committee on the Welfare of Military Families. Prior to working with ASYMCA, he spent 22 years as a management consultant working with leading pharmaceutical and high tech companies to create transformational change while delivering customer-centric solutions and profitable growth. . Vazirani served on active duty in the United States Navy as a submarine officer from 1986 to 1993.

Vazirani holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Vanderbilt University, an MS in Engineering from the McCormick School of Engineering at Northwestern University and an MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. His family immigrated to the United States when he was 3 years old. He grew up in Silver Spring, Maryland, where he and his wife Deborah for 26 years now reside. They have an adult son and daughter. Vazirani is the son of a Vietnamese-era Marine wounded in combat and the father of a currently serving Marine.

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