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Dr. Marvin R. Sambur:

Military Branch:United States Airforce
Resigned Jan. 20, 2005.
Dr. Marvin R. Sambur is Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C. He is the Air Force's service acquisition executive, responsible for all Air Force research, development and acquisition activities. He provides direction, guidance and supervision of all matters pertaining to the formulation, review, approval and execution of acquisition plans, policies and programs. Dr. Sambur directs a $37 billion annual procurement that includes major programs like the F/A-22, F-35, C-17 and munitions, as well as capability areas such as information technology and command and control, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance systems. He formulates and executes the $220 billion Air Force investment strategy to acquire systems and support services to provide combat capability to joint warfighting commanders.
Dr. Sambur has more than 30 years of experience in high technology program acquisition, management and engineering. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary, Dr. Sambur was the President and Chief Executive Officer of ITT Defense, responsible for the management of ITT's $1.5 billion defense sector. In 1999, he received the Golden Apple Award for outstanding commitment to improving public school education for the children of Allen County in Fort Wayne, Ind.
1968 Bachelor's degree in electrical engineering, City College of New York
1969 Master's degree in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1972 Doctor of philosophy degree in electrical engineering, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
1. 1968 - 1977, technical staff member, Bell Laboratories, Murray Hill, N.J.
2. 1977 - 1988, Senior Vice President, ITT Defense Communications, Nutley, N.J.
3. 1988 - 1991, President and General Manager, ITT Electron Technology Division, Easton, Pa.
4. 1991 - 1998, President and General Manager, ITT Aerospace/Communications Division, Fort Wayne, Ind.
5. 1998 - 2001, President and CEO, ITT Defense, McLean, Va.
6. 2001 - present, Assistant Secretary of the Air Force for Acquisition, Washington, D.C.
Centennial Award for excellence in engineering management, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
1989 Athletic Hall of Fame, The City College of the City University of New York
1994 IEMA Outstanding Leadership Award, Institute of Environmental Management and Assessment
Acoustical Society of America
Tau Beta Pi
Eta Kappa Nu


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