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Katrina McFarland Retires as Army Acquisition Chief

Katrina McFarland
Katrina McFarland

Katrina McFarland has retired from her position as assistant secretary for acquisition, logistics and technology at the U.S. Army after a nearly 30-year public sector career, the Army said Tuesday.

McFarland oversaw research, development, procurement, life cycle management and sustainment of Army weapons systems over the past nine months.

“Katrina has done a fantastic job of focusing the department’s efforts on the challenges of acquisition, on streamlining acquisition and on bringing Army modernization efforts to the forefront,” said Army Secretary Eric Fanning.

She led the creation of the Army’s Rapid Capabilities Office in August to help expedite the delivery of new technologies to the force.

McFarland also helped establish the U.S. Air Force‘s Rapid Capabilities Office during her previous role as assistant secretary of defense for acquisition.

The three-decade veteran also implemented the “program management review” process designed to address various factors that divert Army program managers from their regular duties.

She started her government career in 1986 as a general engineer at the U.S. Marine Corps.

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