The Senate Armed Services Committee voted Thursday to submit Thomas Modly, nominee to be the Under Secretary of the Navy, and James Geurts, nominee to be the Navy’s top weapons buyer, for votes before the full Senate.
Modly and Geurts testified before the committee on Tuesday, fielding questions from senators concerned with the Navy’s spending, especially on big-ticket items such as the F-35 Lightning II Joint Strike Fighter and the Gerald R. Ford-class aircraft carrier (CVN-78).
Modly, a U.S. Naval Academy graduate, class of 1983, and a former Navy helicopter pilot, has worked at global consulting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers for the past decade.
He currently is responsible for the firm’s Navy, Marine Corps and Office of the Secretary of Defense accounts and is a global account leader for the firm’s NATO work. Before PricewaterhouseCooper, Modly was the deputy undersecretary of defense for financial management and was the first executive director of the Defense Business Board.