New PEO announced for ACWA program

Suzanne S. Milchling has been selected to lead the Program Executive Office, Assembled Chemical Weapons Alternatives and will assume duties as the Program Executive Officer June 25, 2017.

Milchling, a member of the Army Senior Executive Service since 2011, was selected by the Acting Secretary of the Army, in agreement with the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, and in coordination with the Army’s Senior Executive Service assignment process.

Suzanne S. Milchling | U.S. Army Photo

Previously, Milchling served as the technical director of the U.S. Army Materiel Systems Analysis Activity, where she led the organization’s analyses to inform critical decisions for the current and future needs of the Army.

Much of her 35 years of federal government experience has centered on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive defense. She spent a large part of her career at the U.S. Army Edgewood Chemical Biological Center, a research and development organization of 1,200 scientists, engineers and technicians with the mission of safely handling chemical and biological agents for defensive purposes. She led chemical and biological surety, policy and destruction operations. Her team designed, developed and operated the Field Deployable Hydrolysis System that was used to destroy the Syrian declared chemical weapons stockpile in 2014. They also supported destruction efforts at the two sites managed by PEO ACWA.

The destruction of the remaining two U.S. chemical weapons stockpiles, stored at the U.S. Army Pueblo Chemical Depot, Colorado and the Blue Grass Army Depot, Kentucky, is a function of the Department of Defense as mandated by law. PEO ACWA is aligned under the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Nuclear, Chemical and Biological Defense Programs, which is a key element of the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics. As a Program Executive Office, PEO ACWA is administratively attached to the U.S. Army Acquisition Support Center.

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