Navy secretary-designate dies

Navy secretary-designate dies

Colin McMillan, chosen by President Bush as the next Navy secretary and awaiting Senate confirmation, died yesterday from a gunshot wound. McMillan was found at his New Mexico ranch by two employees. The state medical examiner's office is conducting an autopsy.

McMillan was selected by Bush to replace former Navy secretary Gordon England, who retired in January.

As secretary, McMillan would have commanded a Navy that has already made a major push to accelerate technology rollout.

England was credited with improving the program office for the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet, a unified voice, video and data network for more than 300,000 Navy and Marine Corps personnel, and for emphasizing procurement of commercial technologies.

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