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Rear adm. named deputy of F-35 program

Oct. 1, 2012 - 05:07PM   |   Last Updated: Oct. 1, 2012 - 05:07PM  |  
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While the Navy is about to lose a sailor at the top of the Joint Strike Fighter Program, the service will be represented with the program's new deputy.

Rear Adm. Randolph Mahr will become the deputy director for the JSF Program, an office that's responsible for developing all three variants of the F-35, Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Jon Greenert announced Monday.

In his new position, Mahr, the commander of the Naval Air Warfare Center, will serve in the office of the under secretary of defense acquisitions, technology and logistics.

It's the most recent shift in leadership in the JSF program. Mahr will take over for Air Force Maj. Gen. Christopher Bogdan. Meanwhile, Bogdan will head the entire program when Vice Adm. David Venlet leaves.

Bogdan">recently made waves with his stern assessment of the relationship between the Pentagon and Lockheed Martin, the contractor developing the F-35. At the Air Force Association's Air and Space Conference he said it "should not take 10, 11, or 12 months to negotiate a contract with someone we've been doing business with for 11 years. There's something fundamentally wrong with that. We've got to fix it."

Mahr has worked as the test and evaluation manager and chief engineer for the Joint Standoff Weapon. He was the program manager for the E-2 Hawkeye and C-2 Greyhound as well as program manager for Aircraft Launch and Recovery Equipment.

From Elizabeth, N.J., Mahr is a 1983 Naval Academy graduate. A naval flight officer, he has flown in the A-6E Intruder as the bombardier/navigator.

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