Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)

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The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition, Technology and Logistics) (SAF/AQ) is a civilian position in the Department of the Air Force that is appointed by the President of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. This position is established under Title 10 US Code Section 8016 and is one of four Assistant Secretary positions under the Secretary of the Air Force. Under the law a Principal Military Deputy serves with the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition. The Principal Military Deputy is required to be an active duty officer with a background in acquisition and program management. If the Assistant Secretary position is vacant the law permits the Principal Military Deputy to serve up to a year as the Acting Assistant Secretary. Of the four Assistant Secretary positions established by law, only the Assistant Secretary for Acquisition is required to have a Principal Military Deputy.[1]

The Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition serves as the single service acquisition executive (SAE) and the Senior Procurement Executive for the Department of the Air Force. He/she is responsible for acquisition and product support for all Air Force acquisition programs and manages the Air Force science and technology program.[2]

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 oversees $40 billion annual investments that include major programs like the KC-46A Pegasus, F-35 Lighting II, B-21 Raider[3], 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]

Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force (Acquisition) (Incomplete List)

Name Assumed Office Left Office President Appointed By Secretary Served Under
John J. Martin[4] May 1977 May 1979 Jimmy Carter John C. Stetson
Robert J. Hermann.jpg Robert J. Hermann[5] July 1979 August 1981[6] Jimmy Carter Hans Mark
Alton Keel 1986.jpg Alton G. Keel, Jr.[7] July 30, 1981[8] 1982 Ronald Reagan Verne Orr
Thomas E. Cooper[9] 1983 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.[10] 1987 1992 Ronald Reagan Edward C. Aldridge, Jr., Donald Rice
G. Kim Wincup[11] 1992 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[12] 1993 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[13] January 26, 1996 1998[14] William J. Clinton Sheila Widnall, F. Whitten Peters
Dr Lawrence J Delaney, Acting Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Lawrence J. Delaney[15] 1999 2001 William J. Clinton F. Whitten Peters
Marvin R Sambur.jpg Marvin R. Sambur[16] 2001 January 2005 George W. Bush James G. Roche
Sue C Payton.jpg Sue C. Payton[17] 2006 2009 George W. Bush Michael Wynne, Michael B. Donley
David M Van Buren.jpg [Acting] David M. Van Buren[18] 2009 March 2012 Barack Obama Michael B. Donley
Dr. William A. LaPlante, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition).jpg William A. LaPlante, Jr[19] Feb 18, 2014 2015 Barack Obama Deborah Lee James


  1. ^ 10 U.S.C. § 8016. 
  2. ^ "Headquarters Air Force Mission Directive 1-10" (PDF). 9/1/2016. Retrieved 4/20/2017.  Check date values in: |access-date=, |date= (help); External link in |website= (help)
  3. ^ "DARLENE COSTELLO > U.S. Air Force > Biography Display". Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  4. ^ Benson, Lawrence (1997). Acquisition Management in the United States Air Force and its Predecessors. US Government Printing Office. p. 55. 
  5. ^ 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.". The Library of Congress. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  6. ^ Directors at the National Reconnaissance Office at Fifty Years (PDF). Center for the Study of National Reconnaissance. 2011. p. 25. 
  7. ^ 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)"
  8. ^ "PN528 - Nomination of Alton Gold Keel Jr. for Department of Defense, 97th Congress (1981-1982)". 1981-07-30. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  9. ^ 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.
  10. ^ George Bush: Continuation of John J. Welch, Jr., as an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Aug. 9, 1989
  11. ^ Wincup bio
  12. ^ Clinton nomination
  13. ^ "PN695 - Nomination of Arthur L. Money for Department of Defense, 104th Congress (1995-1996)". 1996-01-26. Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  14. ^ "Honorable Arthur L. Money, Senior Fellow". Retrieved 2017-04-21. 
  15. ^ Air Force Biography at the Wayback Machine (archived April 1, 2001)
  16. ^ Archived biography
  17. ^ Payton Bio from Air Force
  18. ^ "Van Buren bio". 
  19. ^ "LaPlante bio". 

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