William LaPlante: Air Force Works to Balance Program Costs, Schedules

William LaPlante
William LaPlante

Outgoing Air Force acquisition chief William LaPlante has said the branch’s program managers always look for ways to balance scheduling and budgeting strategies when the military service develops or procures technology, National Defense Magazine reported Tuesday.

LaPlante is due to leave the Air Force this week and will rejoin Mitre to serve in a senior role at the nonprofit research-and-development organization.

“The situation in Air Force acquisition is pretty good right now,” LaPlante told reporters during a media roundtable held Tuesday at the Pentagon.

“Our net costs continue to come down. I have all the data.”

He also offered insight into the Long-Range Strike Bomber, F-35 Joint Strike Fighter, Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System, Global Positioning System III satellite and space launch service procurement efforts.

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