Air Force Secretary Deborah Lee James has appointed Defense DepartmentÂ veteran Darlene CostelloÂ to serve asÂ principal deputy assistant secretary for acquisition and logistics at the military branch.
Costello succeeds Richard Lombardi, who has been reassigned to a non-acquisition roleÂ within the Air Force, the serviceÂ announced Thursday.
She has served asÂ principal deputy assistant secretaryÂ for acquisition at theÂ Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics since September 2014.
In that capacity, she advised DoD leadership on military and business system acquisition, strategic, space, intelligence, tactical warfare and command and control matters.
Costello previously held the role ofÂ deputy assistant defense secretary for strategic and tactical systems on an acting basis as well asÂ principal director of S&TSÂ and director of acquisition and program management at DoD.
She also worked atÂ the U.S. Navy, where she oversawÂ 15 shipbuilding programs and associatedÂ weapon systems as itsÂ deputy director forÂ naval warfare.