Army Executive Sees Redstone As Critical Asset To Nation
October 7, 2011
REDSTONE ARSENAL, Ala.--A top Pentagon official visited last week but it wasn't her first time at Redstone Arsenal.
Amanda Simpson was appointed in July as special assistant to the Army acquisition executive. In her previous assignment, she was the senior technical adviser to the under secretary of commerce for industry and security. Prior to her government appointments, she was the deputy director for force protection in the advanced missiles and unmanned systems product line at Raytheon Company Missile Systems in Tucson, Ariz.
"Actually as a contractor I've made many trips out here over the last several decades," Simpson, who arrived Sept. 26, said.
During a stopover Sept. 28 at the Software Engineering Directorate, she was asked her impressions of Redstone Arsenal.
"The capabilities that we have at Redstone, whether they be in the facilities or personnel, are critical and we need to grow them for our national defense," Simpson said. "Redstone is a critical asset."