David Norquist, Deputy Secretary of Defense

David Norquist

Deputy Secretary of Defense

David L. Norquist was born in November 1966 in Concord, Massachusetts. He earned an undergraduate degree and a master’s in public policy from the University of Michigan, and later received a Masters in National Security Studies from Georgetown University.

He began his public service as a Presidential Management Fellow and a program budget analyst for the Department of the Army, serving there for four years. He served as a budget analyst in the Army’s Intelligence and Security Command, and was Director of Resource Management in Harrogate, UK, for the Army intelligence.  Norquist was a staffer for the House Appropriations Committee’s subcommittee on defense. He spent four years as Deputy Undersecretary of Defense in the comptroller’s office.

He was selected by President George W. Bush to be Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Homeland Security, serving there two and a half years. At the end of the Bush administration, Norquist joined a firm of certified public accountants as a partner.

In March 2017, President Donald Trump nominated Norquist to be Under Secretary of Defense. He was confirmed by unanimous consent of the Senate.

Norquist is married to Stephanie and they have three children.

In the News…

U.S. military aircraft have observed and filmed unidentified airborne phenomena and the Department of Defense is forming a new task force to investigate and determine the truth.

Deputy Secretary of Defense David Norquist will help oversee the task force that will be unveiled in the coming days.

There have been previous efforts to look at what the Pentagon calls “unidentified aerial phenomena” led by the Navy, but there is no consensus on their origin, with some believing they may be drones potentially operated by adversaries on this planet rather than extraterrestrials.

Members of Congress and Pentagon officials have long expressed concerns about the appearance of the unidentified aircraft that have flown over U.S. military bases, posing a risk to military jets. The Senate Intelligence Committee voted in June to have the Pentagon and the intelligence community provide a public analysis of the encounters.


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