Defense Secretary Robert Gates first proposed cutting at least 150 executive positions in August 2010. (Mark Wilson / Getty Images)
The Defense Department is finalizing plans to cut 209 civilian senior executive positions.
In a statement sent Friday to Federal Times, the Pentagon said 126 positions will be eliminated outright, and the remaining 83 jobs will be downgraded to GS-15 positions.
Ninety-seven of the affected jobs will be non-intelligence members of the Senior Executive Service. Defense will also cut 21 senior-level or scientific and professional positions, as well as 33 highly qualified experts.
Defense also plans to eliminate five intelligence SES members and 53 intelligence senior-level employees.
In August, Defense Secretary Robert Gates proposed cutting at least 150 executive positions over a two-year period.
"The eliminations followed a review of senior civilian staff to ensure it is properly sized and aligned with DoD missions and goals," Defense said in a statement.