Senate confirms Aviles for Navy post

Dionel M. Aviles of Maryland was confirmed yesterday by the Senate as the undersecretary of the Navy.

Aviles most recently served as assistant secretary of the Navy responsible for financial management functions, including supervision and direction of budget estimate preparation, approval and supervision of financial management and asset management systems.

Earlier this year during testimony before Congress on the undersecretary nomination, Aviles said if confirmed, he would push to advance joint force integration and continue to improve the level of security on the Navy-Marine Corps Intranet portal. Among the other areas addressed in the testimony, Aviles said he would look into the Navy's science and technology budget to ensure the service is investing wisely in technologies.

From 1995 to 2001, Aviles was a professional staff member for the House Armed Services Committee. Prior to that, he served for four years in the National Security Division of the Office of Management and Budget.

Aviles also worked as a program engineer at the Naval Air Systems Command and as a production support engineer for the Standard Missile and Phalanx Gun programs.

Aviles, who is a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and has a master's degree from the School of Business and Public Management at George Washington University, will report to Navy secretary Gordon England.

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