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Stackley Talks Ships

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.


He’s helmed RDA since 2008 and overseen some of the navy’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 service’s budget dollar to produce the 306 ship navy service leaders have called for. Looking for more “80 percent solutions,” 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 navy’s shipbuilding programs.

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Categories: Budget Industry, Education Legislation, Submarine Forces, Surface Forces, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Navy
Sam LaGrone

About Sam LaGrone

Sam LaGrone is the editor of USNI News. He was formerly the U.S. Maritime Correspondent for the Washington D.C. bureau of Jane’s Defence Weekly and Jane’s Navy International. He has covered legislation, acquisition and operations for the Sea Services and spent time underway with the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps and the Canadian Navy.

  • Curtis Conway

    If the Department of the Navy continues to try to build more LCS I hope congress places more roadblocks into their way.