Indian-American appointed to key Pentagon position

Washington: Indian-American Vikram Singh, an expert on Afghanistan and Pakistan and a close aide of late diplomat Richard Holbrooke, has been appointed to a key Pentagon position to look after entire South and Southeast Asia.

"Vikram J Singh has been appointed to the Senior Executive Service and is assigned as deputy assistant secretary of defence for south and Southeast Asia, Office of the Under Secretary of Defence (Policy)," a Pentagon statement said.

Singh previously served as special assistant, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense (Policy), it said. Singh was a close associate of Holbrooke, the former Special US Representative for Afghanistan and Pakistan. He replaces Robert Scher, who has now been assigned as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defence for Plans.