Air Force Service Acquisition Executive David Van Buren will step down as the top weapons acquisition official in March and return to private industry, reports Defense News.
Van Buren has been performing the duties of the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force and serving as the Principal Deputy for Acquisition since April 2009. He directed $70 billion in annual investments, including major programs like the KC-46A Tanker and the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter Program, as well as information technology, cyber, command and control and intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems.
No replacement has been named, according to Defense News, nor is there mention of where Van Buren will be taking a new position. Van Buren previously worked at Lockheed Missiles and Space Company, Northrop Corporation, Tecstar Corporation, and Raytheon Microelectronics.
Posted by FCW Staff on Feb 07, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
Gen. Lloyd J. Austin was sworn in as the Army's 33rd vice chief of staff at a ceremony at Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall on Jan. 31.
"Lloyd Austin is, as he always has been, a full-spectrum leader," Secretary of the Army John McHugh said, according to the Pentagram Newspaper. "[He is] a leader that at every level of command has demonstrated to his troops the right way to lead, the right way to live as a soldier."
Austin served as the last commanding general of United States Forces in Iraq and leader of Operation New Dawn. He replaces Gen. Peter Chiarelli who retired from the Army after 40 years.
Posted by FCW Staff on Feb 03, 2012 at 12:56 PM1 comments
White House senior aide Tom Gavin is leaving the president’s staff to join the Information Technology Industry Council as its vice president for external affairs, according to a report from The Hill newspaper.
Gavin most recently served as White House special assistant to the president and director of Cabinet communications, as well as director of media affairs.
He also previously was an aide at the Office of Management and Budget and worked for former Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W. Va., for nine years.
He starts at the technology trade group in mid-February, according to the report.
Posted by Alice Lipowicz on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
The 2012 IJIS Institute Member Appreciation Award goes to law enforcement and police safety software provider Spillman Technologies.
The institute bestowed the award on Jan. 19 to Spillman for its outstanding contributions to the achievements of several IJIS Institute committees. The Member Appreciation Award is given twice a year.
The IJIS Institute is a nonprofit organization that brings the public and private sectors together to improve mission-critical information sharing for justice, public safety, and homeland security.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 31, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
President Barack Obama has nominated new leaders for the Army Materiel Command, which provides technology, acquisition support, materiel development, logistics power projection, and sustainment.
Obama nominated Lt. Gen. Dennis L. Via for the grade of general and assignment as commanding general of AMC in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Via serves as the current deputy commanding general and chief of staff of AMC.
Maj. Gen. Patricia E. McQuistion has been nominated to be Via's replacement and for promotion to lieutenant general. McQuistion currently serves as commanding general of Army Sustainment Command in Rock Island, Ill.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 25, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments
The Defense Department's recent general officer assignments include new posts to the National Defense University and acquisition positions.
Maj. Gen. Gregg F. Martin has been assigned to serve as president of NDU in Washington, D.C. He previously served as the 48th commandant of the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle Barracks, Pa.
Brig. Gen. Camille M. Nichols, who has been selected for the rank of major general, has been assigned to commanding general of Army Contracting Command in Redstone Arsenal, Ala. Nichols leaves her position as program executive officer in Fort Belvoir, Va.
Col. Paul A. Ostrowski has been selected for the rank of brigadier general. Ostrowski has been assigned to be a program executive officer in Fort Belvoir, Va. He previously served as assistant deputy for acquisition and systems management in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics and Technology in Washington, D.C.
Posted by FCW Staff on Jan 24, 2012 at 12:56 PM0 comments