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Edward C. Aldridge Jr.
Pete Aldridge
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United States Secretary of the Air Force

April 6, 1986 - December 16, 1988
Acting: April 6, 1986 - June 8, 1986
PresidentRonald Reagan
Russell A. Rourke
Donald Rice
9th Director of the National Reconnaissance Office

August 3, 1981 - December 16, 1988
PresidentRonald Reagan
Robert J. Hermann
Martin C. Faga
Personal details
Born
Edward Cleveland Aldridge Jr.

(1938-08-18) August 18, 1938 (age 82)
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Political partyRepublican
EducationTexas A&M University, College Station (BS)
Georgia Institute of Technology (MS)

Edward "Pete" Cleveland Aldridge Jr. (born August 18, 1938) is an aerospace engineer and former government official in the U.S. Defense Department. He was also selected as a payload specialist for the Space Shuttle mission STS-62-A, scheduled to launch in July 1986. The mission was canceled after the Space Shuttle Challenger disaster in January 1986, and Aldridge never flew.

At the Department of Defense in the 1980s, Aldridge served as the Under Secretary of the Air Force from 1981 to 1986, Director of the National Reconnaissance Office 1981-1988,[1] and the Secretary of the Air Force from 1986 to 1988. Under President George W. Bush, he was the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics from 2001 to 2003.

From 1989 to 1992 he was president of the Electronic Systems Company division of McDonnell Douglas, and later, CEO of The Aerospace Corporation.

Early life and education

Edward Cleveland Aldridge Jr. was born in Houston, Texas, the son of Lillie Idell (Née Radford) and Edward Cleveland Aldridge. Aldridge received a Bachelor of Science in aeronautical engineering from Texas A&M University in 1960 and a Master of Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology.

Career

Aldridge was confirmed as the Pentagon's top weapons buyer on May 8, 2001. As the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, he had responsibility for acquisition, research and development, logistics, advanced technology, international programs, environmental security, nuclear, chemical, and biological programs, and the industrial base.

In 2002, during his time as Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics, he authorized the acquisition of the F-35's before critical developmental testing was finished and stated the F-35 was "setting new standards for technological advances" and "rewriting the books on acquisition and business practices." His successor voiced a different opinion in 2012. "This will make a headline if I say it, but I'm going to say it anyway," Frank Kendall said. "Putting the F-35 into production years before the first test flight was acquisition malpractice. It should not have been done." As of 2012, the military has spent $373 million to fix planes already bought; the ultimate repair bill for imperfect planes has been estimated at close to $8 billion.[2]

He served in a variety of jobs, including:

Affiliations

Affiliations included:

Awards

In 2005, Aldridge received the General James E. Hill Lifetime Space Achievement Award,[3] by the Space Foundation. The award is in recognition for individuals who have made substantial contributions to space technology, information, themes, or resources.

References

  1. ^ Laurie, Clayton. Leaders of the National Reconnaissance Office 1961-2001. Office of the Historian, National Reconnaissance Office. 1 May 2002.
  2. ^ "The Pentagon's F-35: The Most Expensive Weapon Ever Built - TIME". web.archive.org. 2013-02-14. Retrieved .
  3. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on February 3, 2009. Retrieved 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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Government offices
Preceded by
Antonia Handler Chayes
Under Secretary of the Air Force
3 August 1981 - June 9, 1986
Succeeded by
James F. McGovern
Preceded by
Robert J. Hermann
Director of the National Reconnaissance Office
3 August 1981 - December 16, 1988
Succeeded by
Martin C. Faga
Preceded by
Russell A. Rourke
Secretary of the Air Force

(acting) April 8, 1986 - June 8, 1986
June 9, 1986 - December 16, 1988
Succeeded by
James F. McGovern
(acting)
Preceded by
Jacques S. Gansler
Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics
10 May 2001 - 23 May 2003
Succeeded by
Michael W. Wynne
(acting)

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