Nomination of Robert B. Costello To Be Under Secretary of Defense


September 23, 1987


The President today announced his intention to nominate Robert B. Costello to be Under Secretary of Defense for Acquisition. He would succeed Richard P. Godwin.


Since 1986 Mr. Costello has been Assistant Secretary of Defense (Acquisition and Logistics), Department of Defense. Prior to this, he was executive director (purchasing activities) for the General Motors Corp., 1982 - 1986; and director, material management, Delco Electronics, General Motors, 1970 - 1982.


Mr. Costello graduated from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (B.S., 1947; M.S., 1948) and Cornell University (Ph.D., 1951). He served in the U.S. Navy, 1944 - 1946, and in the Navy Reserve, 1947 - 1978. He was born June 21, 1926, in New Rochelle, NY. Mr. Costello is married, has five children, and resides in McLean, VA.