Sean Stackley, assistant secretary of the Navy (ASN) (Research, Development & Acquisition (RDA), is currently leading U.S. Navy and Marine Corps acquisition programs through the most fiscally austere Department of Defense budget in recent memory.
Heâ€™s helmed RDA since 2008 and overseen some of the navyâ€™s more complicated shipbuilding programs. Those include the San Antonio class (LPD-17), the block purchase of the Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and the Gerald R. Ford class next-generation carrier (CVN-78), among others.
As budgets tighten, Stackley is tasked with stretching the serviceâ€™s budget dollar to produce the 306 ship navy service leaders have called for. Looking for more â€ś80 percent solutions,â€ť Stackley has to also shepherd the upcoming Ohio class Replacement (OR) program as well as the Arleigh Burke class (DDG-51) Flight III program.
The current issue of Proceedings includes an exclusive interview with Stackley on the navyâ€™s shipbuilding programs.