White House to nominate Frank Calvelli as Space Force acquisition chief

By Courtney Albon / December 15, 2021 at 5:44 PM

The White House today announced its intent to nominate Booz Allen Hamilton executive Frank Calvelli to serve as assistant Air Force secretary for space acquisition -- a key post for the Space Force as it seeks to reform the way it develops and buys space capabilities.

Calvelli, a senior vice president at Booz Allen Hamilton, previously served for eight years as the principal deputy director of the National Reconnaissance Office. According to a White House press release, Calvelli oversaw a significant space portfolio that included “satellite and ground system acquisition, systems engineering and satellite mission operations.”

The designation of a senior procurement executive for space acquisition programs is a significant step for the service, which was required to create the position as part of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act.