By Cid Standifer / October 2, 2009 at 5:00 AM

The Navy announced today that Brian Detter has been sworn in to replace Roger Smith as the deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for expeditionary warfare. Smith stepped down on Aug. 7.

Detter will report to Navy acquisition czar Sean Stackley, providing oversight of the department's urgent needs process, which is designed to respond rapidly to critical capability requirements of deployed Marines and sailors. He will be the primary adviser to Stackley for Marine Corps and Navy expeditionary warfare programs, the Navy said.

Detter ran his own business and technology consulting firm, Detter and Associates, LLC, for more than 12 years, according to the service. His work involved emerging medical technologies; biometrics; command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance; sensors; and unmanned arterial vehicles. He has also worked for members of Congress and served as an analyst for the Congressional Research Service, working on defense budget and other issues. In 2007, he founded Encytech, a public relations firm.