Army acquisition chief to resign

Wednesday - 6/1/2011, 1:53pm EDT

By Jared Serbu
Reporter
Federal News Radio

Malcolm O'Neill, the Army's assistant secretary for acquisitions, logistics and technology will resign his post "as soon as possible," he announced in an email Tuesday night.

Without elaborating, O'Neill wrote in a message to the Army acquisition community that his resignation was for personal reasons, and that he would work with Army Secretary John McHugh and Ashton Carter, the undersecretary of Defense for acquisition, logistics and technology, to ensure a smooth transition.

"It has been my great privilege to lead the Army Materiel Enterprise, a hard-working team dedicated to the success of our soldiers at war and in operations throughout the world," O'Neill wrote in an email obtained by Federal News Radio. "I have witnessed firsthand the difference we make in providing the American soldier, our most important customer, with world-class weapon systems and equipment. I am grateful for the many opportunities I have been given during my career and especially in my current position."

O'Neill has served as the Army's acquisition chief since March 2010. Prior to that, he was chairman of the board on Army science and technology for the National Academies and the National Research Council following a six-year stint as chief technology officer at Lockheed Martin. He served earlier as an Army officer and retired as a lieutenant general.

O'Neill recently participated in the Army's comprehensive review of its acquisition practices after the service commissioned an outside report that found 76 areas in which the Army could make changes to avoid cost and schedule overruns that have plagued its major programs. McHugh told Congress last week that the Army was implementing all but 13 of the recommendations.

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