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Report: Navy Acquisition Lead Sean Stackley to Head F-35 Procurement

Sean Stackley

Sean Stackley, the Navy‘s acquisition chief, will succeed Air Force Secretary Michael Donley as the government’s senior acquisition executive on the F-35 program, Reuters reports.

Andrea Shalal-Esa reports this move will happen when Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan, currently deputy F-35 program manager, succeeds Navy Vice Adm. David Venlet as lead program manager.

Earlier this week, the Pentagon announced Navy Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr will succeed Bogdan as program deputy director.

Leadership of the international, multi-service program switches between Air Force and Navy leaders, where if a Navy official serves as program manager, then an Air Force official becomes the lead acquisition executive, according to the report.

This change comes as talks between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin, maker of the F-35 jet, reach the senior levels regarding the fifth batch of F-35 jets (click over to GovCon Wire for more coverage).

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