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US Navy’s Top Acquisition Official Steps Down

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Etter exits MRAP(click to view full) Dr. Delores Etter, the U.S. Navy’s senior acquisition official, submitted her resignation Oct 5/07. “I have held the position of Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition for almost two years… We have accomplished a great deal in that time, but after deliberating with my family and staff, I have decided to resign from my position. This decision allows me to return to my teaching post at the United States Naval Academy in time for the spring academic semester there.” Alabama Press-Register | Defense News. Dr. Etter’s has made a significant but under-appreciated contribution via the mainstreaming of “open architecture” ship electronics into current and future combatant classes. The difficulty and expense involved in upgrading their electronic systems for modern threats was part of the motive behind the early retirement/sale of many US Navy FFG-7 Oliver Hazard Perry Class frigates. Open architecture systems promise to alleviate many of those issues in the future fleet, which relies on platforms with a generational lifespan of 50 years, vs. a generational lifespan of about 3-5 years for their electronics. On the other hand, the US Navy’s current problems stem from shipbuilding costs, not the […]

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