Do we know how to pick 'em? Back in 2004, we chose Alan F. Estevez as a DC Velocity Rainmaker. At that time, he was assistant deputy under secretary of defense (supply chain integration), with responsibility for developing global supply chain management and distribution policies and processes. Since then, the capable Estevez has received a steady stream of promotions, and on the last day of October was confirmed by the Senate as principal deputy undersecretary of defense for acquisition, technology, and logistics.
In his new position, Estevez—who moves up from assistant secretary of defense for logistics and materiel readiness—takes on a greatly expanded portfolio. He'll support the under secretary of defense in all matters related to acquisition; logistics and materiel readiness; research and engineering; nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons; operational energy; installations and environment; and the defense industrial base.
How high up does this take Estevez? "This is the inner circle of the Office of the Secretary of Defense," says Editor at Large Steve Geary, a longtime supply chain consultant who specializes in defense logistics.