Director, Rapid Equipping ForceNewell’s finger is on the pulse of every soldier in the fight. Relying on after-action reports, operational needs statements and chow hall chatter, Newell identifies soldiers’ needs and finds solutions. His Rapid Equipping Force is designed to cut through red tape to ensure soldiers get that gear in months rather than years, whether by buying commercial off-the-shelf solutions or rapid-development items. From the Packbot and Air Robot to the Route Clearance Camera and Phraselator, he’s been able to get the Army or Congress to write the check for just about anything soldiers have needed. Embraced by industry leaders, Newell’s approach will help shape urgent-needs acquisition strategy for years to come.
In the course of a few November days, three people plummeted from the top ranks of the powerful, falling down, and in one case off, the list.
Top editors had just finalized the top 10 for this project when retired Army Gen. David Petraeus abruptly resigned from his job as director of the CIA after admitting to an extramarital affair. The esteemed Petraeus, seen by many as destined for higher office and perhaps even the presidency, had been a fixture in the top 10 from the start.