Michael Wynne nominated as DOD undersecretary

President Bush yesterday nominated Michael W. Wynne to replace Edward C. Aldridge as undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

Wynne has been serving as acting undersecretary since Aldridge retired in May, according to a Defense spokeswoman. Since July 2001, Wynne had been Aldridge's principal deputy undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics. He has led acquisition and logistics reform at DOD.

Last month, Wynne announced a new Defense policy requiring all program managers to tag new equipment with a universal identification code to track the items they buy. The Unique ID program is designed to achieve 'a globally interoperable network-centric architecture for the integrated management of tangible items,' Wynne said in the policy directive.

Wynne said the ability to track assets Defensewide will help the department in its quest to build a business enterprise architecture.

Wynne worked for 23 years at General Dynamics Corp., where he was senior vice president of international development and strategy. He also worked for three years at Lockheed Martin Corp.

Before joining industry, Wynne served in the Air Force for seven years.

Wynne is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and holds a master's degree in electrical engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a master's in business from the University of Colorado.

He must receive Senate confirmation for his new post.

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