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New Secretary of the U.S. Army Confirmed
Eric K. Fanning was confirmed as the new Secretary of the U.S. Army on 17 May
2016 and makes history as the first openly gay Secretary of the Army, on the other
hand it is no surprise that there is no mention of military service on his biography.
Mr. Eric K. Fanning was appointed Acting Secretary of the Army by President
Obama on November 3, 2015. As Secretary of the Army, he has statutory
responsibility for all matters relating to the United States Army: manpower,
personnel, reserve affairs, installations, environmental issues, weapons systems
and equipment acquisition, communications, and financial management.
He was previously appointed Acting Under Secretary of the Army and Chief
Management Officer by President Obama on June 30, 2015. He served as the
Secretary of the Army's senior civilian assistant and principal adviser on matters
related to the management and operation of the Army, including development and
integration of the Army Program and Budget. As Chief Management Officer (CMO)
of the Army, he advised the Secretary on the effective and efficient organization of
the Army's business operations and initiatives for the business transformation of the
Mr. Fanning previously served as The Special Assistant to the Secretary and Deputy
Secretary of Defense. He helped manage Secretary of Defense Carter's transition,
built his leadership team, and oversaw the day-to-day staff activities of the Office of
the Secretary of Defense.
From April, 2013 until February, 2015, he served as the 24th Under Secretary of the
Air Force. As Under Secretary and Chief Management Officer of the Air Force, he
oversaw an annual budget of more than $110 billion by serving as co-chair of the top
Air Force corporate decision making body, the Air Force Council, and also led the
Air Force Space Board, the Air Force Energy Council, the Force Management and
Development Council, and numerous other Air Force decision-making bodies.
From June, 2013 through December, 2013 Mr. Fanning served as Acting Secretary
of the Air Force.
From 2009 to 2013, he served as the Deputy Under Secretary of the Navy/Deputy
Chief Management Officer. In this role, he led the department's business
transformation and governance processes and coordinated several efforts to
identify enterprise-wide efficiencies.
From 2008 to 2009, Mr. Fanning was Deputy Director of the Commission on the
Prevention of Weapons of Mass Destruction Proliferation and Terrorism, which
issued its report in December of 2008. He joined the commission staff from CMG,
a strategic communications firm, where he was managing director. From 2001 to
2006, Mr. Fanning was Senior Vice President for Strategic Development at
Business Executives for National Security, a Washington, DC- based think tank,
where he was in charge of international programs and all regional office operations
in six cities across the country. He traveled to more than 30 countries, mostly in
Africa, the Middle East and Europe, including multiple trips to Iraq and Afghanistan.
Prior to joining BENS, Mr. Fanning was at Robinson, Lerer & Montgomery, another
strategic communications firm. From 1997 to 1998, he worked on the national and
foreign assignment desks at CBS National News in New York. From 1991 to 1996,
he worked in various political positions in Washington, D.C.: he was a research
assistant with the House Armed Services Committee, a special assistant in the
Immediate Office of the Secretary of Defense, and Associate Director of Political
Affairs at the White House.
Mr. Fanning is a graduate of Dartmouth College.