Raymond F. DuBois Jr. has been appointed to the new position of deputy under secretary of Defense for Installations and Environment (DUSD(I&E)), in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. This new office combines the previously separate deputy under secretary of Defense offices for Installations and Environmental Security as part of the ongoing effort to reorganize the Office of the Secretary of Defense.
As the DUSD(I&E), DuBois is responsible for oversight and policy guidance for the management of the Department's installations worldwide, occupying more than 46,000 square miles, with 600,000 structures valued at more than $600 billion. He is responsible for directing the Department's privatization and outsourcing initiatives; ensuring greater reliance on commercial products and practices; and managing the Department's infrastructure budget and policies, including housing, energy, base closure and reuse, and economic development. Also, he is responsible for all worldwide environmental, safety and occupational health policies and programs in the Department of Defense, including cleanup at active and closing bases, compliance with environmental laws, conservation of natural and cultural resources, pollution prevention, environmental technology, fire protection, explosive safety and pest management.
DuBois' priorities will include an assessment of the Department's real property infrastructure with recommendations as to modernization and realignment. He also will focus on military housing and utilities privatization, outsourcing, energy conservation and alternatives, and maintaining environmental readiness within the Department.
DuBois joined the Department in January as a special assistant to Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld. Before that he was president of Potomac Strategies International LLC, a firm providing strategic management and financial support to high technology companies worldwide in the aerospace, electronics, telecommunication and telemedicine industries. He served as deputy under secretary of the Army and, previously, as a staff assistant to the secretary and deputy secretary of Defense. He served in the Army from 1967 to 1969, with his principal duty assignment as the combat intelligence operations sergeant, Task Force South, Republic of Vietnam.