The U.S. Air Force officially stood up the Program Executive Office (PEO) for Advanced Aircraft during a ceremony at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, Oct. 2.
The ceremony was attended by Dr. Will Roper, the Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics.
The new office was created to transform the Next Generation Air Dominance (NGAD) program into the Air Force’s Digital Century Series initiative, using digital engineering, modular open systems architecture and Agile software development to design advanced airplanes faster and enter production with a significantly lower learning curve. The Digital Century Series aims to improve the speed and flexibility with which aircraft can be fielded by using all-digital design and manufacturing technologies and will not alter the warfighting technologies pursued in NGAD.
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center (AFLCMC) aligned office will be led by Col. Dale White. Until recently, he served as the PEO for Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance, and Special Operations Forces, and was responsible for the acquisition execution of a $22 billion portfolio, developing, producing, testing, modifying, fielding and sustaining Air Force ISR and SOF platforms and related sub-systems.
White is a highly experienced acquisition professional with a wide variety of scientific, acquisition and operational planning assignments involving space, cyber and aircraft systems, including assignments at the Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC), Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL), Headquarters Air Intelligence Agency (HQ AIA) and the Air Force Rapid Capabilities Office (RCO).
While at the RCO, he was the senior materiel leader and system program director for the B-21 Raider strategic bomber program, where he led the highly classified program through acquisition planning, milestone development, and program execution.