The Department of Defense today announced John J. Young Jr. has taken over the duties as the undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.
Young, who has been acting in the position since July of 2007, was nominated to be the Pentagon’s acquisition chief by President Bush on June 20th, 2007, and confirmed by the Senate on Nov. 16, 2007.
Before his appointment to USD (AT&L), Young served at the Department of Defense as the director, defense research and engineering. As the director, Young was the principal advisor to the secretary of defense on technical matters and acted as the Department’s chief technology officer.
Young is also the former assistant secretary of the navy for research, development and cquisition. As the Navy's senior acquisition executive, Young implemented a wide range of innovative organizational and business practices to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy and Marine Corps procurement and research programs.
Prior to joining the Defense Department, Young served as a professional staff member of the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. He also previously worked for Lockheed Martin and for Rockwell International Corporation.
Young earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a master's degree in aeronautics and astronautics from Stanford University