Will Roper has been tapped for the Air Force’s top technology spot, putting the future of the Pentagon’s semi-secretive Strategic Capabilities Office into question.
President Donald Trump announced his intention to nominate SCO Director Roper to assistant secretary of the Air Force for acquisition on Wednesday. Trump also announced an intent to nominate Kevin Fahey, vice president of combat vehicles and armaments at Cypress International, as an assistant secretary of defense for acquisition.
Roper has led the SCO since it was stood up by then deputy secretary of defense Ash Carter. Although they share some DNA, the SCO’s mission is different from that of the Pentagon’s DARPA technology office. Whereas the latter is focused on finding and prototyping the game-changing technologies for the future fight, the SCO is trying to understand current, existing needs and address them in new ways.