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Bruce Jette

Dr. Bruce Jette

Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)) of U.S. Army

Dr. Bruce D. Jette was confirmed by the United States Senate as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)) on December 20, 2017, and sworn into office on January 2, 2018. In this position, he serves as the Army Acquisition Executive, the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the Army’s Senior Research and Development official. He also has principal responsibility for all Department of the Army matters related to logistics. Dr. Jette leads the execution of the Army’s acquisition function and the acquisition management system. His responsibilities include providing oversight for the life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapon systems and equipment from research and development through test and evaluation, acquisition, logistics, fielding, and disposition. He is also responsible for appointing, managing, and evaluating program executive officers and managing the Army Acquisition Corps and Army Acquisition Workforce. In addition, he oversees the Elimination of Chemical Weapons program. Prior to his confirmation, Dr. Jette served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Synovision Solutions, LLC, an innovative company he founded to provide management and technical consulting, engineering services, and project management in support of military and governmental agencies, as well as commercial industry. A decorated veteran of 28 years of active duty, Dr. Jette retired as a Colonel following a career that included several armor and cavalry company commands, two overseas tours, various staff assignments at the battalion and brigade level, and over two years of operational deployments to Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait. Highlights of his previous acquisition service include founding the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force; serving as Program Manager for Solider Systems which led to the establishment of Program Executive Office Soldier; and being honored as U.S. Army PM of the Year for his success as Product Manager for all Army airborne electronic warfare systems. Dr. Jette is a graduate of the United States Military Academy with a Bachelor of Science degree in Nuclear Engineering and Chemistry. He also holds both a Master of Science degree and a Doctorate in Electronic Materials from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He was an Adjunct Professor at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service Security Studies Program at Georgetown University. His numerous military awards and commendations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit (3), Bronze Star Medal, Meritorious Service Medal (3), Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal (2), National Defense Medal (2), Operation Iraqi Freedom Campaign Ribbon, Operation Enduring Freedom Ribbon, Army Service Ribbon, Army Overseas Ribbon (2), Parachutist Badge, Army General Staff Award, and Order of Saint Maurice (Legionnaire).

Anthony Potts

BG Anthony Potts

Program Executive Officer - Soldier of U.S. Army

Brigadier General Anthony (Tony) Potts earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Management Information Systems from Murray State University in 1986, and was commissioned a second lieutenant in Army Aviation. His military education includes Rotary Wing Flight Training, AH-64 Apache Instructor Pilot Course, Command and General Staff College, Program Manager's Course, and the Senior Service College. He holds a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Kentucky and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College. In prior assignments, Brigadier General Potts assumed the roles of Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Research, Development and Engineering Command, and Senior Commander, Natick Soldier Systems Center, on January 5, 2017. He served as acting Deputy for Acquisition and Systems Management, PEO Missiles and Space; as Director, Terminal High-Altitude Area Defense and Army/Navy Transportable Radar Surveillance, Sustainment Management Office, Redstone Arsenal; as Deputy Director for Acquisition and System Management, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology (ASA(ALT)); and Director of Resource Integration, (ASA(ALT)), in Washington, D.C. He also served as Project Manager, Aviation Systems, PEO Aviation; Deputy G-3, Aviation & Missile Command; Product Manager, Apache Modernization; Product Manager, Blue Force Tracker – Aviation; and as the Assistant Product Manager for the Army Airborne Command and Control System, at Redstone Arsenal. He also served as Task Force Commander-Balkans Digitization Initiative. Brigadier General Potts has served as an attack helicopter platoon leader in Germany, and in staff positions as a logistics officer, an intelligence officer and an operations officer. He served as commander of the U.S. Army's AH-64 Apache Attack Helicopter Training Company, and also served in the FORCE XXI experiments in the Digital Force Coordination Cell as Operations Officer for Aviation, Field Artillery, and Air Defense. Brigadier General Potts is a rated AH-64 Apache Instructor Pilot with a combat tour in Operations Desert Shield/Desert Storm. As an acquisition officer he has made numerous deployments to the Balkans, Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom, fielding and sustaining critical battlefield systems. The general's awards and decorations include the Legion of Merit, Bronze Star, Meritorious Service Medal, Air Medal with Valor Device, Army Commendation Medal, Army Achievement Medal, Army Superior Unit Award, National Defense Service Medal, Army Service Ribbon, Overseas Service Ribbon, Kuwait Liberation Medal, Saudi Kuwait Liberation Medal, Senior Aviator Badge, Air Assault Badge and Army Staff Badge. Brigadier General Potts and his wife Jennifer have been married 13 years. He is the proud father of two grown children: his son, Taylor, who lives in California and his daughter, Cynthia, who lives in Texas.