The National Defense Industrial Association has named former Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist its new president and chief executive, the trade group announced Thursday.

NDIA’s chairman, retired Maj. Gen. Arnold Punaro, praised Norquist’s 30 years of experience in national security and federal financial management and said Norquist would “continue NDIA’s strong tradition of nonpartisan leadership.

“We’ve selected a strong leader at a time of great challenge in the defense marketplace,” Punaro said in the announcement. “With his proven experience and accomplishments in our industry, the legislative branch, and two of the largest, most complex federal government organizations, David is capable from day one to continue enhancing the industry-government relationship that is essential to supporting the warfighter and the taxpayer.”


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