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The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) (abbreviated SAF/AQ) is a civilian office in the United States Department of the Air Force. The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) is the United States Air Force service acquisition executive (SAE), responsible for all Air Force research, development and non-space acquisition activities. He/she provides direction, guidance and supervision of all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, approval and execution of acquisition plans, policies and programs. The SAE directs $30 billion annual investments that include major programs like the KC-X, F-22A, F-35, C-17 and munitions, as well as capability areas such as information technology and command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (C4ISR) systems. The SAE formulates and executes the $210 billion Air Force investment strategy to acquire systems and support services to provide combat capability to joint warfighting commanders.[citation needed]

As of May 2011, Major General Wendy M. Masiello was Deputy Assistant Secretary for Contracting, Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition), based at the Pentagon. She was responsible for all aspects of contracting relating to the acquisition of weapon systems, logistics, operational, and contingency support for the Air Force. She was promoted to Major General in December 2010.[1]

As of April 2012, the acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) position is vacant.[2]

Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (Incomplete List)[edit | edit source]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President Appointed By Secretary Served Under
John J. Martin[3] May 1977 May 1979 Jimmy Carter John C. Stetson
Robert J. Hermann.jpg Robert J. Hermann[4] July 1979 August 1981[5] Jimmy Carter Hans Mark
Alton Keel 1986.jpg Alton G. Keel, Jr.[6] July 30, 1981[7] 1982 Ronald Reagan Verne Orr
Thomas E. Cooper[8] January 1983 April 1987 Ronald Reagan Verne Orr, Russell A. Rourke, Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
[Acting] Daniel S. Rak April 1987 October 1987 Ronald Reagan Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
John J. Welch, Jr.[9] Oct 1987 April 1992 Ronald Reagan Edward C. Aldridge, Jr., Donald Rice
G. Kim Wincup[10] May 1992 December 1992 George H. W. Bush Donald Rice
Darleen A. Druyun.jpg [Acting] Darleen A. Druyun January 1993 May 1994 William J. Clinton Michael B. Donley
Clark Fiester.jpg Clark G. Fiester[11] May 1994 April 1995 William J. Clinton Sheila Widnall
Darleen A. Druyun.jpg [Acting] Darleen A. Druyun April 1995 January 1996 William J. Clinton Sheila Widnall
MoneyArthurL.gif Arthur L. Money[12] January 26, 1996 1998[13] William J. Clinton Sheila Widnall, F. Whitten Peters
Dr Lawrence J Delaney, Acting Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Lawrence J. Delaney[14] April 29, 1999[15] 2001 William J. Clinton F. Whitten Peters
Marvin R Sambur.jpg Marvin R. Sambur[16] November 8, 2001[17] January 2005 George W. Bush James G. Roche
Sue C Payton.jpg Sue C. Payton[18] July 21, 2006[19] 2009 George W. Bush Michael Wynne, Michael B. Donley
David M Van Buren.jpg [Acting] David M. Van Buren[20] 2009 March 2012 Barack Obama Michael B. Donley
Dr. William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition).jpg William A. LaPlante, Jr.[21] Feb 12, 2014 November 2015[22] Barack Obama Deborah Lee James
Richard W. Lombardi.jpg [Acting] Richard W. Lombardi November 2015 February 2016 Barack Obama Deborah Lee James
Darlene J. Costello.jpg [Acting] Darlene J. Costello February 2016 February 2018 Barack Obama Deborah Lee James
Donald Trump Heather Wilson
Will Roper official photo (cropped).jpg William B. Roper, Jr. February 2018 Present Donald Trump Heather Wilson

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Wendy Masiello's Air Force bio". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. http://archive.is/UHEp.  (accessed 2011-04-16).
  2. Air Force Acquisition official website
  3. Benson, Lawrence (1997). Acquisition Management in the United States Air Force and its Predecessors. US Government Printing Office. pp. 55. 
  4. services, united states. congress. senate. committee on armed. "Image 25 of Nominations of Hans M. Mark, Antonia H. Chayes, Robert Jay Hermann, and John Howard Moxley III : hearing before the Committee on Armed Services, United States Senate, Ninety-sixth Congress, first session ... July 13, 1979." (in en). The Library of Congress. https://www.loc.gov/resource/conghear08.0010037609A/?sp=25. 
  5. Directors at the National Reconnaissance Office at Fifty Years. Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance. 2011. pp. 25. http://www.nro.gov/about/50thanniv/DNRO_history.pdf. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  6. Nomination of Thomas Edward Cooper To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Dec. 15, 1982. Note: Keel held the title "Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Research, Development, and Logistics)"
  7. "PN528 - Nomination of Alton Gold Keel Jr. for Department of Defense, 97th Congress (1981-1982)" (in en). 1981-07-30. https://www.congress.gov/nomination/97th-congress/528?q=%7B%22search%22:%5B%22%5C%22assistant+secretary+of+the+air+force%5C%22%22,%22robert+jay+hermann%22%5D%7D&r=1. 
  8. Nomination of Thomas Edward Cooper To Be an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Dec. 15, 1982. Cooper was initially appointed "Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Research, Development, and Logistics)". The title changed in the course of Cooper's tenure in office.
  9. George Bush: Continuation of John J. Welch, Jr., as an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Aug. 9, 1989
  10. Wincup bio Archived 2011-03-01 at the Wayback Machine.
  11. "Clinton nomination". http://clinton6.nara.gov/1993/11/1993-11-01-four-nominations.html. 
  12. "PN695 - Nomination of Arthur L. Money for Department of Defense, 104th Congress (1995-1996)" (in en). 1996-01-26. https://www.congress.gov/nomination/104th-congress/695?q=%7B%22search%22:%5B%22%5C%22assistant+secretary+of+the+air+force%5C%22%22%5D%7D&r=13. 
  13. "Honorable Arthur L. Money, Senior Fellow" (in en-gb). http://www.potomacinstitute.org/fellows/2232-the-potomac-institute-welcomes-senior-fellow-art-arthur-l-money-2. 
  14. "Air Force Biography". Archived from the original on April 1, 2001. https://web.archive.org/web/20010401042514/http://www.af.mil/news/biographies/delaney_lj.html. Retrieved 2017-05-12. 
  15. "PN117 — Lawrence J. Delaney — Department of Defense". https://www.congress.gov/nomination/106th-congress/117?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22lawrence+delaney%22%5D%7D&r=1. 
  16. Archived biography
  17. "PN821 — Marvin R. Sambur — Department of Defense". https://www.congress.gov/nomination/107th-congress/821?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22martin+sambur%22%5D%7D&r=2. 
  18. Payton Bio from Air Force
  19. "PN1473 — Sue C. Payton — Department of Defense". https://www.congress.gov/nomination/109th-congress/1473?q=%7B%22search%22%3A%5B%22sue+c.+payton%22%5D%7D&r=1. 
  20. "Van Buren bio". Archived from the original on 2011-02-02. https://web.archive.org/web/20110202102522/http://www.af.mil/information/bios/bio.asp?bioID=10926. 
  21. "LaPlante bio". Archived from the original on 2014-05-02. https://web.archive.org/web/20140502032005/http://www.af.mil/AboutUs/Biographies/Display/tabid/225/Article/108874/dr-william-a-laplante.aspx. 
  22. "Air Force acquisition lead moves to MITRE". http://www.af.mil/News/Article-Display/Article/630293/air-force-acquisition-lead-moves-to-mitre/. 

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