Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen has named William P. (Bill) Houley as director of the Defense Reform Initiative.
The Defense Reform Initiative, announced in November 1997, is designed to streamline business practices and the organizational structure of the Department of Defense.
Houley will serve as the principal advisor to the secretary of Defense on all matters relating to the DRI.
He will also oversee and manage the DRI as well as serve on the Defense Management Council.
Houley served in the U.S. Navy from commissioning in June 1959 until his retirement in November 1994 as a rear admiral.
Among his many naval assignments were commanding officer, U.S. Naval Submarine School; director, Navy Training and Education; director, Navy Personnel Policy; and director of Strategic and Theater Nuclear Warfare on the staff of the chief of Naval Operations.
Houley also served as commander, Submarine Group TWO and director of Navy Science and Technology Requirements and Test and Evaluation.
He completed the Harvard University Senior Management Course and was designated an acquisition professional.
In February 1995, Houley joined Lockheed Martin Corporation (then Martin Marietta) at Ocean, Radar & Sensor Systems in Syracuse, N.Y.
He was responsible for international anti-submarine warfare programs.
In 1997, he transferred to Lockheed Martin Federal Systems in Manassas, Va. with responsibility for international submarine programs.