A top U.S. Navy officer will serve as U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the Pentagon announced Friday.
According to the announcement, Admiral Paul Bushong, who currently serves as a commander in Guam in the Pacific Ocean, as well as the head of the Pentagon envoy to Micronesia will take over the post.
Bushong, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, will replace Air Force Lieutenant General Michael Moeller, and will be responsible for building up the Palestinian Authority's security forces, often referred to as the Dayton Forces, named for Lt. Gen. Keith Dayton who previously served in the position.
The U.S. Security Coordinator for Israel and the Palestinian Authority is located at the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem and is formally responsible for building the security infrastructure of the Palestinian Authority.