Consultant selected to become DOD's deputy for acquisition, technology

President Bush plans to nominate a consulting company president to be deputy undersecretary of Defense for acquisition and technology.

James I. Finley of Minnesota currently serves as president of the Finley Group LLC, a consulting company he formed in 2002. Prior to this, he was president and CEO of SMARTSKIN Inc. of Chaska, Minn., a company specializing in patented noise and vibration control technology.

If confirmed by the Senate, Finley would report to Kenneth Krieg, undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, technology and logistics.

The AT&L division advises the Defense secretary and deputy secretary on DOD acquisition systems, R&D, advanced technology, procurement and production.

Finley also worked for General Electric, Singer, Lear Siegler, United Technologies and General Dynamics, where he was a corporate officer, president of information systems and chair of the Business Development Council.

He received his bachelor's degree from the Milwaukee School of Engineering and his master's from California State University.

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