State auditor picked to lead arms procurement agency

SEOUL, Wang Jung-hong, tapped as the new chief of the Defense Acquisition Program Administration, is a veteran government auditor deemed suitable for the task of reforming the scandal-prone state arms procurement agency.

He has served as secretary-general of the Board of Audit and Inspection (BAI) since last year, a vice ministerial job.

Since passing a state exam to become a civil servant in 1985, he has spent most of his career at the BAI.

Questions have persisted about the transparency and effectiveness of DAPA's arms-related contracts despite the left-leaning Moon administration's reform drive.

Last month, the MUH-1 Marineon, the Marine variant of the KUH-1 Surion helicopter acquired in a DAPA project, crashed at a military airport in the southeastern city of Pohang. Five of the six Marines aboard were killed.

Many are concerned about the mechanical stability of the Surion.

Wang will be installed into the vice ministerial position, replacing Jeon Jei-guk, formerly a senior defense ministry official.

He was born in Haman, South Gyeongsang Province, and studied public administration at Yonsei University.

He earned a master's degree in public administration from Seoul National University in 1987.

Source: Yonhap News Agency

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