Assistant Secretary of the Air Force (Acquisition)

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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]

Assistant Secretaries of the Air Force (Acquisition) (Incomplete List)[edit]

Name Assumed Office Left Office President Appointed By Secretary Served Under
Alton G. Keel, Jr.[1] 1981 1982 Ronald Reagan Verne Orr
Thomas E. Cooper[2] 1983 1987 Ronald Reagan Verne Orr, Russell A. Rourke, Edward C. Aldridge, Jr.
John J. Welch, Jr.[3] 1987 1992 Ronald Reagan Edward C. Aldridge, Jr., Donald Rice
G. Kim Wincup[4] 1992 1992 George H. W. Bush Donald Rice
Clark Fiester.jpg Clark G. Fiester[5] 1993 1995 Bill Clinton Sheila Widnall
Dr Lawrence J Delaney, Acting Secretary of the Air Force.jpg Lawrence J. Delaney[6] 1999 2001 Bill Clinton F. Whitten Peters
Marvin R Sambur.jpg Marvin R. Sambur[7] 2001 January 2005 George W. Bush James G. Roche
Sue C Payton.jpg Sue C. Payton[8] 2006 2009 George W. Bush Michael Wynne, Michael B. Donley
David M Van Buren.jpg David M. Van Buren[9] 2009 March 2012 Barack Obama Michael B. Donley
William A. LaPlante, Jr[10] 2014 Barack Obama Deborah Lee James

References[edit]

  1. ^ 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)"
  2. ^ 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.
  3. ^ George Bush: Continuation of John J. Welch, Jr., as an Assistant Secretary of the Air Force, Aug. 9, 1989
  4. ^ Wincup bio
  5. ^ Clinton nomination
  6. ^ Air Force Biography at the Wayback Machine (archived April 1, 2001)
  7. ^ Archived biography
  8. ^ Payton Bio from Air Force
  9. ^ "Van Buren bio". 
  10. ^ "LaPlante bio". 

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