Aldridge is sworn in as DOD acquisition adviser

Aldridge is sworn in as DOD acquisition adviser

By GCN Staff

MAY 14—The Defense Department's new undersecretary for acquisition, technology and logistics became official today.

Edward 'Pete' C. Aldridge Jr. was sworn in. He will advise Secretary Donald Rumsfeld on all weapons and material purchases, including systems required by warfighters.

Before taking over his post at DOD, Aldridge was chief executive officer of Aerospace Corp., a nonprofit organization in El Segundo, Calif., that studies ways to solve problems using science and technology.

This will be his second tour with DOD. He spent two years as secretary of the Air Force in the mid-1980s. Also during the '80s, Aldridge was an astronaut-in-training as a payload specialist on the first planned mission from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. He never made it into space, however, because NASA canceled the mission after the Challenger accident.

Before he joined Aerospace, Aldridge was president of McDonnell Douglas Electronic Systems from 1988 through 1992. He has a bachelor's degree in aeronautical engineering from Texas A&M University and a master's in aeronautical engineering from Georgia Tech.

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