Immediate Release

Department of Defense Statement on Gen. Gustave Perna's Confirmation

July 2, 2020

Secretary of Defense Dr. Mark T. Esper issued the following statement:

"Today, I’m proud to announce the U.S. Senate has officially confirmed General Gustave F. Perna as Chief Operating Officer of Operation Warp Speed (OWS). With experience as Commander of the Army’s Materiel Command (AMC), General Perna is exceptionally well qualified to help lead this historic operation to accelerate the development, manufacturing, and distribution of COVID-19 medical countermeasures. I have every confidence General Perna will carry out the duties of this mission with proficiency and professionalism, and the Department of Defense is committed to ensuring he has the resources, authority, and support he needs throughout this process."