The U.S. Air Force has appointed Col. Dale White to lead a new executive office that would focus on advanced aircraft and digital technology programs.
USAF's new Program Executive Office for Advanced Aircraft stood up Oct. 2 at a ceremony where White also received appointment as program executive officer, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base said Wednesday. WP AFB served as the ceremony's venue.
PEO Advanced Aircraft would support the service branch's Digital Century Series initiative that seeks to boost aircraft's flexibility and speed via digital technologies.
The new program office will offer modular systems architecture, digital engineering and agile software development to help USAF achieve the initiative's goals.
“I am turning to this program and to Dale in particular to find a way to bring the best technical expertise that we have to bear, to understand industry’s business case," said Will Roper, assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition, technology and logistics.
White currently serves as USAF's program executive officer for intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance and special operations forces. He joined the service branch in 1997 and has since contributed to various Air Force components such as the Space and Missile Systems Center and Air Force Materiel Command.