Feb. 15, 2017: Acting Secretary of the U.S. Navy Sean Stackley has been appointed as the Director of a U.S. Department of Defense Acquisition Review Panel. The 2017 National Defense Authorization Act instructed the Pentagon to change the Defense Department’s Office of the Undersecretary for Acquisition, Technology and Logistics (AT&L) into two separate offices, one led by the Undersecretary for Acquisition and Sustainment (AT&S), and one led by a new Undersecretary for Research and Engineering (R&E), similar to a Chief Technology Officer. Those changes are supposed to be in place by Feb. 1, 2018. In order to reach that goal, Congress expects an interim report by March 1, 2017, with a final assessment due on August 1, 2017, about how the Defense Department is scheduled to move forward with the changes. Despite James MacStravic being the man charged with performing the duties of AT&L until a formal successor is named, Stackley has been appointed as the Director of the acquisition review. Stackley, a 1979 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, was an Engineering Duty Officer before he retired from the Navy as a Captain. He was a professional staff member for the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee before being named to Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition, the Navy’s top acquisition position, in 2008.