Biden picks nominee for Army acquisition chief

By Tony Bertuca / September 21, 2021 at 4:19 PM

President Biden intends to nominate Douglas Bush for assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics, and technology, Ashish Vazirani for deputy under secretary of defense for personnel and readiness, and Carrie Ricci for Army general counsel, according to a White House announcement.

Bush currently serves as the acting Army assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics, and technology where he is “responsible for leadership of the Army’s acquisition enterprise, overseeing all Army acquisition programs, and advising the secretary of the Army on acquisition programs and policies,” according to the White House.

Bush previously served as a professional staff member on the House Armed Services Committee, where he worked for more than 18 years.

Vazirani currently runs A2O Strategies LLC where he provides “advisory services to commercial and non-profit, high growth and large enterprises, on the development, implementation, and execution of growth strategies,” according to the White House.

Most recently, Vazirani was executive director and CEO of the National Military Family Association. He served as a Navy submarine officer from 1986 to 1993.

Ricci currently serves as associate general counsel for the Agriculture Department. Prior to joining the civil service, Ricci served in the Army, retiring as a lieutenant colonel in 2010.