Magazine article U.S. Department of Defense Speeches

Swearing-In of Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn (Washington, D.C.)

Magazine article U.S. Department of Defense Speeches

Swearing-In of Deputy Secretary of Defense William Lynn (Washington, D.C.)

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As Delivered by Secretary of Defense Robert M. Gates, Washington, D.C., Monday, March 30, 2009

Admiral Mullen, thank you for that introduction.

A special welcome to the entire Lynn family--especially Bill's wife Mary, and his daughter Catherine.

Thank you all for coming. Senator Warner, thank you for being here this afternoon. It is a real honor to say a few words about Bill Lynn--a man who has devoted his professional career, both in and out of government, to our nation's defense.

The post of deputy secretary has monumental responsibilities: as the chief management officer, it is Bill's job to run the day-to-day operations of the Department of Defense, an organization with a half-trillion-dollar annual budget and more than three million employees across the globe. As I like to say, the largest organization on the planet.

He comes to this job with many years of relevant experience, and a long list of professional accomplishments. For those of you who don't know Bill's background, he has held some of the most critical positions within the Pentagon--special assistant on budget matters for Secretary of Defense Les Aspin; director of PA&E as Mike indicated; and as comptroller, the Department's top budget man. All told, he's spent eight years in the building already--that he's coming back for more shows Bill to be either a man of great dedication and patriotism or a real glutton for punishment. As much as his time here in the 90s gives him insight into the Department of Defense and its programs--he played key roles in defense-finance reform and the 1997 Quadrennial Defense Review--it is his other experiences that make him a unique person to take on the responsibilities of the department's chief management officer.

Bill has seen defense issues from the perspective of every major stakeholder in Washington--from the inside of the Pentagon and the administration, to the chambers of Capitol Hill, to the halls of industry and from our most respected think tanks and defense universities. …

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