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Posted at 03:23 PM ET, 08/06/2012

Obama picks new Missile Defense Agency director

Missile Defense Agency Director Lt. Gen. Patrick O'Reilly. (Harry Hamburg - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
President Obama has nominated Navy Rear Admiral James D. Syring for appointment to the rank of vice admiral and for assignment as director of the Missile Defense Agency, at Fort Belvoir.

The move, announced Monday by Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, made no mention of the fate of current MDA director Lt. Gen. Patrick O’Reilly, who was sharply criticized in a May 2 inspector general’s report for his abusive management style.

We reported July 24, that Syring, who’s now program executive officer for Integrated Warfare Systems, was under consideration for the job.

With the Senate in recess until early September, it was not immediately clear whether the White House might put Syring in the directorship on an acting basis.

The Pentagon inspector general found that O’Reilly, in the job since November 2008, had bullied and “yelled and screamed at subordinates in both public and private settings,” and had violated Pentagon ethics regulations.

“We recommend the Secretary of the Army consider appropriate corrective action with regard to Lt. Gen. O’Reilly,” the three-month-old report concluded.

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