September 12, 2006
Bush makes pick for key Navy acquisition slot
President Bush has nominated Delores M. Etter to be Assistant Secretary of the Navy (Research, Development and Acquisition).
If her nomination is approved Dr. Etter will succeed John J. Young, Jr..
Dr. Etter currently serves as a professor for the Electrical Engineering Department at the United States Naval Academy. She is an internationally recognized authority on digital signal processing
In June 1998, during the Clinton Administration, she was appointed Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Science and Technology, holding this position through July 2001. In this slot, she was responsible for strategic planning, budget allocation, and program execution and evaluation for the Department of Defense's $9 billion per year science and technology program. During part of this time, Dr. Etter also assumed the position of Acting Director of Defense for Research and Engineering.
$9 billion a year may seem small change in the Assistant Secretary of the Navy job, Dr. Etter will have responsibility for the Navy's enormous capital budget--which includes such things as figuring out how to pay for hugely expensive programs such as the DD(X).
Earlier in her career, Dr. Etter was a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Colorado, Boulder as well as a faculty member in Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of New Mexico. Dr. Etter received her bachelor's and master's degrees from Wright State University and her PhD from the University of New Mexico