Air Force realigns acquisition management

Air Force realigns acquisition management

Senior Air Force officials yesterday announced a reorganization of the service's acquisition management structure, including its command, control and combat support acquisition programs.

The reorganization is designed to streamline decision-making, speed the acquisition process and increase accountability, said Air Force secretary James Roche and chief of staff Gen. John Jumper. The restructuring includes the Air Force's aircraft and weapons programs.

'Our acquisition system'fueled by our great acquisition professionals'have produced the best weapons systems in the world,' said Marvin Sambur, assistant Air Force secretary for acquisition, and the service acquisition executive for all nonspace programs. 'But the processes we use to acquire these systems can and must be improved to reduce cycle times and to increase the credibility of our cost, schedule and performance promises. I'm convinced this new alignment will help us get to where we need to go.'

The reorganization of the command, control and combat support structure includes adding a program executive officer who will also head the Electronic Systems Center at Hanscom Air Force Base, Mass.

The reorganization will, in part:

  • Designate the Air Force's three product center commanders as program executive officers to give them closer oversight of programs

  • Place all but two of the Air Force's aircraft programs under a single program executive officer. The Joint Strike Fighter will have a separate PEO, as will the F/A-22 Raptor program.

  • Assign a general officer or civilian member of the Senior Executive Service to be the deputy for acquisition execution for the three product center commanders

  • Maintain a small PEO support staff in Washington to facilitate coordination between Air Force headquarters, the Defense Department and Congress.

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