Bush nominates McQueary to head DOD test, evaluation office

President Bush nominated Charles E. McQueary to be the Defense Department's new director for Operational Test and Evaluation.

McQueary, the former Homeland Security Department undersecretary for Science and Technology, will issue policies and procedures, review and analyze the results of the tests and evaluations conducted for each major Defense acquisition program. He will provide assessments to the secretary of Defense, other Defense officials and Congress while also making budget and financial recommendations regarding testing and evaluations. In his new role, McQueary also will ensure major DOD programs are effective and suitable for combat.

McQueary, whose nomination was sent to the Senate for confirmation Friday, would replace Thomas Christie, who resigned in March.

Prior to his work at DHS, where he also served as a senior adviser to the secretary for Science and Technology, McQueary was the president of advance technology systems at Lucent Technologies/General Dynamics.

He received his bachelor's, master's and doctorate from the University of Texas, Austin.

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