Bill LaPlante, who left the Pentagon in 2015, has spent the past six years working on technologies the military craves. President Biden said Tuesday that he would nominate the former Air Force weapons chief to become the Pentagon’s top arms buyer. Politico first reported his nomination.

“LaPlante is well known to the Senate Armed Services Committee and should have no trouble with the confirmation process,” Arnold Punaro, chairman of the National Defense Industrial Association, said in an emailed statement.

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