South Korea’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) announced its new leadership on 31 August in a move the agency said is intended to boost transparency and efficiencies in military procurement and related activities.
DAPA’s new minister is Wang Jung-hong, formerly the secretary-general of the state auditor, the Board of Audit and Inspection. In his role at the DAPA, Wang replaced Jeon Jei-guk, who had been in post one year.
In a speech to mark his appointment, Wang said, “Our administration will focus on fostering the conditions for more transparent, professional, flexible and efficient defence projects … The goal to secure the best cpabilities and quality to prevent any waste of money, [and] any injuries to our soldiers should be prioritised.”
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