Andrew Hunter, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics

Andrew Hunter

Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology & Logistics 

Andrew Philip Hunter earned an undergraduate degree in social studies from Harvard University and a master’s in applied economics from Johns Hopkins University. 

For eleven years, he held a variety of staff positions in the U.S. House of Representatives, including as a staffer on appropriations, a legislative assistant on military affairs, and a staffer for the Select Committee on U.S. National Security.   He spent the next six years as a professional member of the House Armed Services Committee. 

He served four years as a senior executive in the Department of Defense. 

President Joe Biden nominated Hunter to be Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Technology, and Logistics. He was confirmed by the Senate and assumed his position in February 2022. 

In the News…

The Pentagon recently told Congress that inflation and other issues have driven costs to replace aging nuclear missiles up by more than a third above what was budgeted. For example, the estimated cost for the Sentinel missile program rose from $95.3 billion to more than $125 billion, and members of the Defense Department need to ensure that Sentinel is ready to replace current ICBMs before they reach their end. 

“Sentinel is absolutely necessary for the future of our nuclear deterrent,” said Representative Mike Rogers of Alabama, the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee. 

Air Force acquisition chief Andrew Hunter said the Air Force also has plans to upgrade the 450-missile Minuteman silos across the U.S. by 2029. While the missiles are on schedule, he said there are problems with the silos and communications systems that have set the program back. 

 “There will be significant budgetary changes as a result of this cost growth, on both the Sentinel and Minuteman side,“ Assistant Secretary Hunter said. 


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