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Mr. Young PhotoOn November 16, 2007, John J. Young, Jr. was confirmed by the Senate as the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. In this role, Mr. Young advises the Secretary and Deputy Secretary of Defense on all matters relating to the DoD Acquisition System. His portfolio includes research and development, advanced technology, developmental test and evaluation, production, logistics, installation management, military construction, procurement, environmental security, nuclear, chemical, and biological matters.

Mr. Young is a graduate of Georgia Institute of Technology, where he participated in the cooperative engineering education program at Georgia Tech, working with what is now Lockheed Martin Tactical Aircraft Systems in Fort Worth, Texas. Under this program, he worked in eight different engineering groups primarily supporting the F-16 program and advanced fighter technology efforts. Mr. Young next worked at the BDM Corporation in Huntsville, Alabama, providing engineering support of Army missile defense interceptor programs.

After receiving a Master's degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University, Mr. Young joined the technical staff at Rockwell Missile Systems Division in Duluth, Georgia. He became a member of the Technical Staff at Sandia National Laboratories in 1988 where he worked on hypersonic weapon designs and maneuvering reentry vehicle aerodynamics as well as standoff bomb concepts. While at Sandia, he was selected as an American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Congressional Fellow. He served his AIAA fellowship with the Senate Defense Appropriations Subcommittee and then joined the Committee's Professional Staff.

During his tenure with the Committee, he served as the staff analyst for Department of Defense procurement, research, development, test and evaluation (RDT&E) programs. Prior to leaving the Committee, he was responsible for reviewing all DoD aircraft procurement programs as well as the activities of the Ballistic Missile Defense Organization (BMDO) and the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA). He also evaluated the science and technology program budgets for the Navy, Air Force, and OSD.

Mr. Young is the former Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition. As the Navy's Senior Acquisition Executive, Mr. Young implemented a wide range of innovative organizational and business practices to increase the effectiveness and efficiency of Navy and Marine Corps procurement and research programs. He stabilized programs and controlled cost through emphasis on milestone-based incentive fees, control of change orders and requirements, multi-year procurement contracts, and creation of competitive and joint programs.

Under his leadership, the Navy acquisition team successfully changed Navy acquisition approaches through programs like Operation Respond and the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS). In response to the urgent needs of the U.S. Marine Corps, he led the department's urgent acquisition efforts under Operation Respond - a team established to rapidly meet the technological and material requirements generated from deployed warfighters serving in Iraq. Operation Respond efforts ensured that the Marine Corps had needed items ranging from vehicle armor to helicopter survivability equipment to ballistic goggles. LCS was defined through collaborative work with the CNO and naval fleet leadership, leading to a keel laying in roughly three years after program initiation. Mr. Young has also pursued greater jointness on many efforts, including his successful merger of the Air Force and Navy Joint Tactical Radio System (JTRS) clusters and the Distributed Common Ground Station (DCGS).

Prior to his confirmation, Mr. Young served as the Director, Defense Research and Engineering. As the Director, he was the Principal Advisor to the Secretary of Defense on technical matters and the Department’s Chief Technology Officer. His portfolio included oversight of a $70 Billion research enterprise; which includes: Basic and Applied Research, development of certain prototypes, oversight of the Service laboratories and Federally Funded Research and Development Centers (FFRDCs), the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Defense Technical Information Center (DTIC).

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