The Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (USD AT&L), Frank Kendall, officially welcomed James P. Woolsey as the new president of the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) during a ceremony at the Pentagon last Thursday (Feb. 27, 2014).
Woolsey will be responsible for continuing and building upon DAU’s reputation as the primary Department of Defense learning institution for the 151,000 members of the Defense Acquisition Workforce while overseeing the development of new curriculum and learning opportunities that facilitate implementation of the “Better Buying Power” initiatives as outlined by the USD AT&L.
Woolsey comes to DAU from the Institute for Defense Analysis where he most recently served as a research staff member and Deputy Director for Performance Assessments supporting the Office of the Secretary of Defense’s Performance Assessments and Root Cause Analyses office. In this capacity, he directly supported the USD AT&L in assessing major Defense acquisition programs.
DAU provides certification training, mission assistance, and continuous learning courses for military and civilian acquisition personnel within the Department of Defense. The university’s headquarters is at Fort Belvoir, Va. with regional campuses located across the country. Its mission is to provide a global learning environment to develop qualified acquisition, requirements and contingency professionals who deliver and sustain effective and affordable warfighting capabilities.