Sean Stackley

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Sean Stackley
Sean J. Stackley.jpg
United States Secretary of the Navy
Assumed office
January 20, 2017
President Donald Trump
Preceded by Ray Mabus
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition
Assumed office
July 28, 2008
President George W. Bush
Barack Obama
Donald Trump
Preceded by John S. Thackrah
Personal details
Born Sean Gerard Joseph Stackley
(1957-08-07) August 7, 1957 (age 59)
Baltimore, Maryland, U.S.
Spouse(s) Teresa Mullin
Education United States Naval Academy (BS)
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MS)

Sean Gerard Joseph Stackley (born August 7, 1957) is an American engineer and former naval officer who is currently the Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition since July 2008, as well as the acting Secretary of the Navy since January 20, 2017, and is planned to serve in such position until President Trump's candidate for the position is confirmed by the U.S. Senate.[1][2]

Early career

Prior to his appointment to ASN (RDA), Stackley served as a professional staff member of the United States Senate Committee on Armed Services. During his tenure with the Committee, he was responsible for overseeing Navy and Marine Corps programs, U.S. Transportation Command matters and related policy for the Seapower Subcommittee. He also advised on Navy and Marine Corps operations and maintenance, science and technology and acquisition policy.[3]

US Navy career

Stackley began his Navy career as a Surface Warfare Officer (SWO), serving in engineering and combat systems assignments aboard USS John Young (DD 973). Upon completing his warfare qualifications as a SWO, he transferred from the Unrestricted Line to the Restricted Line and was designated as an Engineering Duty Officer (EDO), serving in a series of industrial, fleet, program office and headquarters assignments in ship design and construction, maintenance, logistics and acquisition policy.[3]

From 2001 to 2005, Stackley served as the Navy’s LPD 17 program manager, with responsibility for all aspects of procurement for this major ship program. Having served earlier in his career as production officer for the USS Arleigh Burke (DDG 51) class and project Naval architect overseeing structural design for the Canadian Patrol Frigate, HMCS Halifax (FFH 330), he had the unique experience of having performed a principal role in the design, construction, test and delivery of three first-of-class warships.[3]

Stackley was commissioned and graduated with distinction from the United States Naval Academy in 1979, with a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. He holds the degrees of Ocean Engineer and Master of Science, Mechanical Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Stackley earned certification as professional engineer, Commonwealth of Virginia, in 1994.[3]

Contributions as ASN

Stackley speaking at the christening of USNS John Glenn (T-MLP-2) in February 2014

On May 6, 2009, Stackley said at a Sea-Air-Space Exposition luncheon that the Navy would stress continuity and affordability in acquisition.[4]

On May 15, 2009, Stackley defended the progress on the Electromagnetic Aircraft Launch System and supported longer terms for program managers.[5]

Personal life

Stackley is the husband of Teresa Stackley and father of four children; three daughters (Erin, Tess, and Maura Stackley), and a son (Scott Stackley).


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  3. ^ a b c d "The Honorable Sean J. Stackley". United States Navy. 20 January 2017. Retrieved 26 January 2017.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  4. ^ Stackley: Continuity, Not Quick Fixes, for Procurement
  5. ^ Congress Will Make Own Shipbuilding Plan: Lawmaker

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Preceded by
John S. Thackrah
Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition
Preceded by
Ray Mabus
United States Secretary of the Navy

Succeeded by
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