Key leadership slots on the organization chart for the nascent office of the undersecretary of acquisition and sustainment (A&S) are starting to fill up, after nominees for two senior positions were reported out of the Senate Armed Services Committee this week — Alan Shaffer for A&S deputy undersecretary and Robert McMahon for assistant secretary of defense (ASD) for sustainment. Neither candidate is expected to face any opposition when the Senate votes on their nominations, but it is unclear how soon the chamber will take up the matter, reports Defense News. A&S was created after the Pentagon’s acquisition, technology and logistics office split into two organizations almost eight months ago.
Earlier this month, Defense News reported that many of the organizational changes stemming from the Feb. 1 split of the acquisition, technology and logistics office should be in place by the end of the first quarter of 2019, one year ahead of schedule. Under the restructuring, the individual components that now make up the ASD for energy, installations and environment office will be shifted to the newly created ASD for sustainment; the top ASD for energy, installations and environment post would be eliminated, however.