Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)
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.
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.
As of April 2012, the acting Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition) position is vacant. 
Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force (Acquisition) (Incomplete List)
|Name||Assumed Office||Left Office||President Appointed By||Secretary Served Under|
|Alton G. Keel, Jr.||1981||1982||Ronald Reagan||Verne Orr|
|Thomas E. Cooper||1983||1987||Ronald Reagan||Verne Orr, Russell A. Rourke, Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.|
|John J. Welch, Jr.||1987||1992||Ronald Reagan||Edward C. Aldridge, Jr., Donald Rice|
|G. Kim Wincup||1992||1992||George H. W. Bush||Donald Rice|
|Clark G. Fiester||1993||1995||Bill Clinton||Sheila Widnall|
|Lawrence J. Delaney||1999||2001||Bill Clinton||F. Whitten Peters|
|Marvin R. Sambur||2001||January 2005||George W. Bush||James G. Roche|
|Sue C. Payton||2006||2009||George W. Bush||Michael Wynne, Michael B. Donley|
|David M. Van Buren||2009||March 2012||Barack Obama||Michael B. Donley|
|William A. LaPlante, Jr|
- "Wendy Masiello's Air Force bio". Archived from the original on 2012-08-03. (accessed 2011-04-16).
- Air Force Acquisition official website
- 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)"
- 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.
- George Bush: Continuation of John J. Welch, Jr., as an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Aug. 9, 1989
- Wincup bio
- Clinton nomination
- Archived Air Force Biography
- Archived biography
- Payton Bio from Air Force
- "Van Buren bio". Archived from the original on 2012-07-17.
- http://ww3.safaq.hq.af.mil/organizations/index.asp - Air Force Acquisition
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