William LaPlante

Golden Defense

William LaPlante is undersecretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment and the Pentagon’s top weapons buyer. His vast portfolio includes procurement; contract administration; logistics and materiel readiness; installations and environment; operational energy; nuclear, chemical and biological defense; the acquisition workforce; and issues related to the defense industrial base. He has pushed to boost production lines and industrial base capacity for key weapon systems and munitions, expand the defense innovation base, and acquire new capabilities for the U.S. military to compete with high-tech adversaries, among others. His office also oversees the Ukraine Security Assistance Initiative.

Billy Mitchell

Written by Billy Mitchell

Billy Mitchell is Senior Vice President and Executive Editor of Scoop News Group's editorial brands. He oversees operations, strategy and growth of SNG's award-winning tech publications, FedScoop, StateScoop, CyberScoop, EdScoop and DefenseScoop. Prior to joining Scoop News Group in early 2014, Billy embedded himself in Washington, DC's tech startup scene for a year as a tech reporter at InTheCapital, now known as DC Inno. After earning his degree at Virginia Tech and winning the school's Excellence in Print Journalism award, Billy received his master's degree from New York University in magazine writing while interning at publications like Rolling Stone.

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