Undersecretary of the Navy Bob Work has been selected as the new chief executive office of the Center for a New American Security,The Cable has learned.
The board of directors of CNAS, the think tank begun in 2008 by former Assistant Secretary of State Kurt Campbell and former Undersecretary of Defense Michèle Flournoy, chose Work at their meeting Tuesday to fill the void left by Nate Fick, who stepped down last November to become CEO of Endgame, Inc., a cyber security firm. A formal announcement is expected Wednesday, but The Cable obtained the press release in advance. Work begins work at CNAS on April 22.
Work's selection completes the reorganization of the CNAS management team. President Richard Fontaine, former advisor to Sen. John McCain (R-AZ), replaced John Nagl last May. Nagl left to be a research fellow at the Naval Academy's history center and then subsequently announced he would leave Annapolis to become the headmaster at the Haverford School for boys. CNAS also recently acquired Shawn Brimley as vice president and director of studies.Robert Work has previously worked at the think tank Center for Strategic and Budgetary Assessments (CSBA), first as a senior fellow for maritime affairs, and later as the vice president for strategic studies.
The Cable notes that CNAS Board Chairman Richard Danzig is expected to leave CNAS soon. Kurt Campbell will become the new CNAS Chairman.
Here is the official CNAS press release on Bob Work.