Young nominated to head DOD acquisition

President Bush yesterday nominated John J. Young Jr., a Navy research and acquisition official, to serve as deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and technology.

Young currently is the Navy's assistant secretary for research, development and acquisition. If confirmed by the Senate, he would take the job previously filled by Edward C. 'Pete' Aldridge Jr. since 2001. Aldridge retired last May after more than 18 years of Defense and civilian work.

As undersecretary, Aldridge championed acquisition reform, from electronic invoicing to setting up domain owners to implementing a financial enterprise architecture. Since Aldridge's retirement, Michael W. Wynne, the principal deputy, has filled the position.

Prior to his Navy post, Young worked for the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense. He earned a bachelor's degree from Georgia Institute of Technology and a master's from Stanford University.

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