Geurts Sworn in as Navy Acquisition Chief
ARLINGTON, Va. — James F. “Hondo” Geurts, the new assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition, was sworn in Dec. 5, a Navy spokesman said.
Guerts was sworn in by Navy Secretary Richard Spencer.
“I am excited to welcome James ‘Hondo’ Geurts to my team as Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development, and Acquisition,” Spencer said in a Facebook post. “We are in challenging times and we need rapid and affordable acquisition. As a career leader in the acquisition field, Hondo has proven he is the right person to usher in the reform and innovation needed in the Department of the Navy.”
“Honored to be sworn in by the secretary of the Navy today,” Guerts said in a statement. “I look forward to working with a great team of civilian, military, industrial, academic and entrepreneurial professionals as we equip and support the finest Navy and Marine Corps in the world. I have a long-held belief that teams which are empowered, have a close connection to their operational customer and are all focused on the mission can accomplish amazing things. I aim to set those conditions and similarly enable those acquisition teams so that they can rapidly and effectively equip and support the Sailors and Marines operating around the globe in defense of our nation.”