Biden to pick LaPlante for DOD acquisition chief

By Tony Bertuca / November 30, 2021 at 9:57 AM

President Biden intends to nominate former Air Force acquisition chief Bill LaPlante to be under secretary of defense for acquisition and sustainment, according to a White House announcement.

LaPlante is a former senior vice president at MITRE. In September 2020, LaPlante became the new president and CEO of The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory in Cambridge, MA.

While at MITRE, LaPlante served as senior vice president and general manager of the company’s national security sector, which includes two federally funded research and development centers -- the National Security Engineering Center (NSEC) and the National Cybersecurity FFRDC.

He served as the Air Force acquisition chief from February 2014 to November 2015.

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