First chief spook Leon Panetta, and now President Obama has tapped Naval Postgraduate School professor Paul Stockton to be an assistant secretary of defense.

Stockton, currently on leave as a Senior Research Scholar at the Center for International Security and Cooperation at Stanford University, founded NPS’ Center for Homeland Defense and Security. He also founded the NPS’ School of International Graduate Studies, and served as the associate provost.

Obama has sent Stockton’s nomination to the Senate for approval, according to the White House press office.

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