Air Force acquisition official announces resignation

Air Force acquisition official announces resignation

Marvin Sambur announced his resignation as assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition. The news comes a day after James Roche, secretary of the Air Force, announced his departure.

Sambur led a reorganization last year of the service's acquisition management structure, including its command, control and combat support acquisition programs. In 2002 he announced a new acquisition policy designed to shorten the acquisition cycle time and gain credibility within and outside the acquisition community.

Earlier this year Roche credited Sambur with negotiating a lower price per plane on the F/A-22 Raptor, a $69 billion program that has been plagued with problems, including computer glitches and at least $700 million in cost overruns during the engineering, development and manufacturing phases.

Sambur attributed the increase in program costs partly to development problems with the avionics software.

From 1977 until his appointment in 2001, Sambur was an executive with ITT Industries Inc. of White Plains, N.Y.; from 1998 to 2001 he was president and CEO of ITT Defense, responsible for managing the company's $1.5 billion defense sector.

Sambur is to depart Jan. 20, 2005, or sooner if his successor is confirmed.

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