Rear Adm. Mat Winter will be assigned as Joint Strike Fighter deputy director, according to a flag officer announcement.
Winter is currently serving as the chief of naval research. His previous assignments include executive assistant to the JSF program director, chief engineer for JSF integrated flight and propulsion control and the program executive officer for unmanned aviation and strike weapons.
The Air Force JSF variant was officially given the initial operational capability designation this week. The Marine Corps declared IOC for its B variant last summer and the Navy's F-35C is expected to be operational in 2018.