President Obama announced Tuesday that he would nominate Elizabeth Sherwood-Randall as Deputy Energy Secretary. Currently, Ms Sherwood-Randall is the most senior officer working on nuclear proliferation and defense policy for the National Security Agency, and previously built a career in foreign policy focusing on Europe, Russia and Turkey.
Ashton B. Carter, a former Deputy Secretary of Defense, said of her:
"She Has been the White House point person on the nuclear weapons complex, and it's been a complicated task because it's where the Energy Department and the Pentagon meet. She's a superb organizer, and she'll need that skill - both in the nuclear complex and in the management of the tremendous changes brought about by the new exploitation of petroleum, and its consequences."