Doug Bush: Army Acquisition Executive is a Keynote Speaker at the 9th Annual Army Summit

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Doug Bush: Army Acquisition Executive is a Keynote Speaker at the 9th Annual Army Summit

Doug Bush is the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology (ASA(ALT)). Given his undeniable expertise and leadership, the Potomac Officers Club (POC) handpicks Mr. Bush to deliver the opening keynote at the 9th Annual Army Summit.


Learn more about Doug Bush’s distinguished career, notable achievements, and impact on the industry.


Who is Doug Bush?


Doug Bush delivering a speech at a POC event
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Douglas R. Bush is a prominent figure in the U.S. Army’s acquisition enterprise. Under his ambit of responsibilities, he primarily oversees critical aspects of the Army’s procurement processes.


Armed with a suite of experience and academic credentials, including a B.S. in Political Science (American Politics) and an M.A. in National Security Studies, Doug Bush is well-positioned to lead military acquisition efforts.


Doug Bush as a U.S. Army Acquisition Executive


Doug Bush, assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, is guided by Col. J. Frederick Dente, V Corps chief of staff, during a visit to Camp Kościuszko, Poland, Sep. 8, 2022.
Photo by Spc. Dean Johnson/ DefenseScoop


As the U.S. Army’s acquisition executive, Doug wears multiple hats. Beyond his main role, he serves as the Senior Procurement Executive, the Science Advisor to the Secretary of the Army, and the Senior Research and Development.


At the U.S. Army, Mr. Bush spearheads the procurement process of new equipment and technology. It includes executing the Army’s acquisition function and management system.


Doug Bush ensures that Army weapon systems and equipment are effectively managed throughout their operation lifespan. It involves administering them in various stages, including:


  • Research and development
  • Test and evaluation
  • Acquisition
  • Logistics
  • Fielding
  • Disposition


Additionally, Mr. Bush is responsible for the appointment, management, and evaluation of program executive officers. He manages both the Army Acquisition Corps and Army Acquisition Workforce and supervises the execution of the Elimination of Chemical Weapons program.


Douglas Bush’s Professional and Military Background


Before assuming his acquisition leadership role, Doug Bush honed his expertise through various high-level and critical positions.


In his 12-year tenure at the House Armed Services Committee (HASC) as a lead staff, he was involved in supervising and managing combat system acquisition programs across multiple military branches. He focused primarily on addressing cost growth, delay, and capability shortfall issues.


Rising to the position of Deputy Staff Director, Mr. Bush took charge of all the administrative and legislative facets of the HASC’s operations, including personnel management, emergency protocols, budgeting, and classified information handling.


Additionally, he supervised a team of 70 HASC staff members supporting 57 Congress members tasked with overseeing the Department of Defense.


Nonetheless, below is a rundown of his professional and military career.


  • U.S. Army Officer in the 24th and 3rd Infantry Divisions, from 1993-1998
  • National Security Analyst in the Association of the United States Army, from 2001-2002
  • Legislative Correspondent at the Office of Senator Bill Nelson, from 2002-2003
  • Military Legislative Assistant at the Office of Congressman Jim Cooper, from 2003-2005
  • Legislative Director at the Office of Congressman Neil Abercrombie, from 2005-2007
  • Professional Staff Member of the House Armed Services Committee (HASC), from 2007-2019
  • Deputy Staff Director of the HASC, from 2019-2020
  • Acting Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, from March 8, 2021 to September 24, 2021


On February 9, 2022, the U.S. Senate confirmed Mr. Douglas Bush as the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology. He officially assumed his duties on February 11, 2022.


Doug Bush as the Opening Keynote Speaker at the 9th Annual Army Summit


9th Annual Army Summit


  • When: Thursday, June 13, 2024 (7:00 a.m. – 4:45 p.m./ Eastern Time Zone)
  • Where: Hilton-McLean, 7920 Jones Branch Drive, McLean, VA


Doug Bush is the opening keynote speaker at the 9th Annual Army Summit, organized by the Potomac Officers Club. With his esteemed reputation and impressive military background, he is selected to deliver insights on pressing priorities and new strategies in the defense sector and military operations.


Notable Awards and Industry Contributions of Doug Bush


Bruce Jette (center), assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology, gets a briefing on product improvements for cannon systems.
Photo by John Snyder/ U.S. Army


Doug Bush’s proactive efforts in reinforcing alliances, particularly in supporting Ukraine, are a monumental feat in his leadership. Since taking charge of the Army acquisition missions, the U.S. military has granted several contract awards to bolster Ukraine’s military forces.


In November 2022, the U.S. Army awarded Raytheon Missiles and Defense a $1.2 billion contract. Under the contract, Raytheon was tasked to provide six National Advanced Surface to Air Missile System batteries as well as training and logistical support to Ukrainian military and security troops.


Additionally, as the Army’s procurement lead, Doug Bush has outlined his five key priorities:


  • Improve program execution and performance to expedite equipment delivery to the warfighter
  • Accelerate software acquisition
  • Prioritize security measures throughout the acquisition process
  • Conduct early testing of new systems to address potential issues
  • Collaborate with Congress on Army modernization initiatives.


Not surprisingly, Doug Bush received his first Wash100 award for his role in advancing the Army’s acquisition efforts. He stressed the accolade’s importance in maintaining the service branch’s inventory and supporting allies.

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