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Defense Undersecretary to Step Down

American Forces Press Service

WASHINGTON, June 7, 2007 – The Defense Department’s top acquisition official announced yesterday that he is stepping down.

Kenneth J. Krieg, undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics is leaving the department to spend more time with his family, officials said in a release.

The resignation becomes effective July 20 or upon the confirmation of his successor, whichever comes first, Defense Department officials said.

President Bush nominated Krieg for the Defense Department's top acquisition, technology and logistics position, and the Senate confirmed him to this position in June 2005.

In this role, Krieg has been responsible for advising the secretary and deputy secretary of defense on all matters relating to the department’s acquisition system, research and development, advanced technology, and developmental testing and evaluation.

He also has overseen production; logistics; installation management; military construction; procurement; environmental security; and nuclear, chemical and biological matters. Krieg also has advised on policy relating to the logistics process used to deliver technology and other equipment to warfighters.

In a statement, Krieg thanked Bush for “giving me the opportunity to serve the best customers I will ever have -- the men and women who volunteer to serve our nation in uniform.”

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