Air Force acquisition chief, Army under secretary confirmed

By Briana Reilly / February 3, 2022 at 12:52 PM

The Senate on Wednesday confirmed two of President Biden's appointees for top Pentagon posts.

Senators by voice vote approved Andrew Hunter to serve as the Air Force assistant secretary for acquisition, technology, and logistics and Gabriel Camarillo to be Army under secretary.

Hunter is a former Defense Department senior executive and director of the Joint Rapid Acquisition Cell. Most recently, he was an analyst at the Center for Strategic and International Studies.

In October, Hunter told Senators he would work to leverage different avenues to acquire software, “bake in sustainability on the front end” for systems in development and seek to focus the acquisition process on delivering operational capabilities. Lowering long-term sustainment costs of the F-35, which he said was a vital system, would be a top priority, he said.

Hunter during his tenure at DOD worked closely with Air Force Secretary Frank Kendall, who was then serving as the Pentagon's acquisition chief.

Camarillo was previously the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Army for acquisition, logistics and technology and the assistant secretary of the Air Force for manpower and reserve affairs during the Obama administration.

He previously worked for McKinsey & Co. and Science Applications International Corp., according to his LinkedIn profile.

At SAIC, Camarillo led the company’s naval sea and air systems operations and was the vice president of strategy for the defense systems group.