Biden to Nominate Michael Brown for Top DOD Acquisition Post

President Joe Biden has announced plans to nominate Michael Brown, director of the Defense Innovation Unit, for the role of undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment.

Brown has been serving as head of DIU within the Department of Defense since 2018. Under his leadership, the unit transitioned 26 tech capabilities to warfighters and brought 70 first-time contractors to DOD, the White House said Friday.

Prior to his role at DIU, he served as a White House Presidential Innovation Fellow at DOD and led efforts to help the Pentagon establish the National Security Innovation Capital to support dual-use hardware companies with private investment.

Brown’s industry career included time as CEO of Symantec and Quantum (Nasdaq: QMCO).

He is a trustee of the Berklee College of Music and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations.

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