New NAVAIR Commander

By Zachary M. Peterson / December 16, 2009 at 5:00 AM

Vice Adm. David Architzel has been named to replace Vice Adm. David Venlet as the commander of Naval Air Systems Command, the service said yesterday.

The Navy has yet to announce who will replace Architzel as the principal deputy assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition ( second-in-command to acquisition czar Sean Stackley). Sources tell Inside the Navy that Rear Adm. William Hilarides, the program executive officer for submarines, is a possibility for the job.

Industry sources also said it is unlikely, though it is possible, that Architzel would be dual-hatted as both NAVAIR commander and deputy acquisition chief.